CONCEPTS IN GIVING-3 SACRIFICE
SUNDAY 17TH OF MARCH 2019
Giving is a proof of love. You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. The extent of giving can also be indicative of the depth of love. God proved His love by giving His only begotten Son to us. This brings us to a crucial concept in giving which is the degree of sacrifice behind a giving.
It is like the opportunity cost; what it costs you to give is the worth of the gift. Therefore, it is the sacrifice in our giving that actually touches the heart of the recipient.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”- John (3:16).
Jesus was the only son of God, He was the heir, yet God gave Him to us to prove the depth of His love for us.
He denied Himself of His only Son, for us to be united with Him.
The widow’s mite is also a proof of this.
“And He said, Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; For they all gave out of their abundance (their surplus); but she has contributed out of her lack and her want, putting in all that she had on which to live. “- Luke 21:2-4 (Amplified).
To the Lord Jesus, the size of what you give is not as important as the sacrifice behind it. What it costs you to give your cash, time, or to release your potential to God, is what touches Him.
The same principle holds in Abraham’s gift of Isaac to God.
“And He said, Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear and revere God, since you have not held back from Me or begrudged giving Me your son, your only son.”- Gen 22:12 (Amplified)
Similarly, the impact our sacrificial giving makes, and the response it provokes from the receiver is according to the magnitude of the sacrifice; the greater the sacrifice, the greater the impact. The impact of Jesus coming to the world to give His life as a ransom is huge; it results in the purchase of redemption for mankind through all generations. Consequently, God highly exalted Jesus and gave Him a name above all other names. Therefore, the magnitude of the reward of your gift is determined by the magnitude of the sacrifice you make to give it.
The widow of Zarephath gave all she and her son had to live on. Touched by the sacrifice, God’s response was supernatural supply to her, throughout the time of drought. Consequently, she and her son lived instead of dying.
This is a crucial concept behind giving. This should be our mindset as we give whatever we have to God and the people we love. Our sacrificial giving makes incredible impact and provokes awesome response from the recipient-God, which turns our lives around, and opens up to us the outpouring of heaven’s abundant resources.
Let us make sacrifice in our giving.
God bless you!