I also said to him,
“If it pleases the king,
may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates,
so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah?
And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park,
so he will give me timber to make the beams
for the gates of the citadel by the temple
and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?”
Nehemiah 2:7-8

Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.” Sometimes we know what we need and others have it, but we are afraid to ask, or we are too proud to ask, for help.
With any great venture, some give greatly. This part of the story reminds me of an amazing quote I heard years ago:
There is no success without sacrifice.
If you see success without sacrifice
that means that someone who went before you
made the sacrifice.
If you see sacrifice and do not see success
then someone coming after you will see success
because of your sacrifice.
There is no success without sacrifice!
Nehemiah knew the king would have to ask others to make sacrifices for him to be able to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. And the king asked others to do that.
Take some time today to think about all that we have because others sacrificed – in our country, in our state, in our community, in our homes, at Crossroads. Others made sacrifices so we can have what we have. And if we will sacrifice, then those coming after us will be blessed because of it. Pray and ask God if he is calling you to sacrifice in some way so that we can build this addition to our church to help reach many more young people.
And remember, the greatest sacrifice of all came when Jesus gave his life for us on the cross! We can see spiritual success because of his great sacrifice!