Every Man Ministries Devotionals

Kenny Luck, men's pastor at Saddleback Church, founded Every Man Ministries to revolutionize men’s ministry, free men spiritually and ignite spiritual health worldwide

Taking the Hit

Men hate to defer pleasure; we are creatures of the moment because we are creatures of the flesh. And the flesh knows only one space-time continuum—here, now: Yet if I have a certainty of a future payout, a promise that the cavalry is coming, a definite delivery date of the dream, I can endure a great deal. For God’s dream to be realized in your life, the training is more about endurance than quickness. We are called to endure a great deal and sacrifice experiences, moments, and seasons for a payout that may not come in this life, why, because endurance through sacrifice is the character and expression of Jesus.

The pig and the chicken were on their way to breakfast trying to decide what they wanted to have. The chicken said “Let’s have some ham and eggs. The pig said, well that’s fine for you, it’s a small donation on your part but it’s a total sacrifice on my part. The point of that little joke is donation without sacrifice is not significant. Henry Lord Beecher said, “It’s not what we take up, it’s what we give up that makes us rich” and in the words of an old Negro Spiritual, “This world is not my home I’m just a passin through, If heavens not my home then Lord what will I do. “

To want Christ means to want to become a man who can sacrifice whatever and whenever. And when we make our peace with that, God’s dream for us makes progress. Any attempt to blend the dreams of earth with the dream of God in Christ will force you into losing yardage for the Kingdom and you’ll be struggling to kick field goals instead of scoring touchdowns.

Lord, thank you for the opportunity to sacrifice, I know the blessing will be great

About Every Man Ministries

Learn all about Christianity at Christianity.com with rich, theological articles, video, and audio focused on the life of Jesus Christ, Bible Study, the Christian church, and Christian living for families. Grow in your faith and walk with Christ as you read about the history of Christianity, salvation, evangelism and discipleship. Use free daily devotionals from your favorite pastors, authors, and speakers as a way to spend daily quiet time with God. Discover how devotions can help you make postive changes in your life toward living out the promises of God. Christianity.com also offers free online Bible study tools with over 30 translations and a library of commentaries, concordances, lexicons, and more for you to highlight, take notes in, and bookmark for studying the Word!

  • Editors' Picks

    Why the Church Must Start Talking about Domestic Violence
    Why the Church Must Start Talking about Domestic Violence
  • Don't Think of Church as Your Own Spiritual Power Bar
    Don't Think of Church as Your Own Spiritual Power Bar
  • So You Think Theology Is Impractical?
    So You Think Theology Is Impractical?