Sacrifice to GodBro. David Chancellor
4/23/2006 11:00 AM
And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury. For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
This was recorded to teach us something. Society would notice the ones that gave a lot of money. The widow gave without hoping for recognition. Jesus wanted his disciples to see that there was more to giving than “how much.” “For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” The widow’s gift had more to it. She made a sacrifice. Her gift affected how she would live. Those that give of their abundance gave only when it was convenient. There may be times when we have to figure out how to make it all work. We at times will have to put ourselves out a bit for God. There may be some things in our lives that we need to let go of to serve God better.
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
God made everything and he doesn’t need anything from us. He doesn’t NEED our stuff. “For in him we live, and move and have our being…” We need God, and he has provided for us. He has given us resources to use to get his work done. God isn’t bound by time and space like we are. We should be willing to put ourselves out for God. We’re to seek after God and reach out for him. He wants us to praise and worship and honor him. We should want to give of ourselves to honor him.
Hear, O my people, and I will speak: O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God. I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me. I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds. For ever beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
God won’t reprove us for our sacrifices that we should be giving him. He’s not dependent on us. God wasn’t after the physical sacrifice; he was after their commitment to him. What’s in your heart toward God? God doesn’t owe you anything. Do you have thanksgiving, worship and love toward God in your heart? This is what God is looking for. This causes us to want to give back to God.
1 Corinthians 9:16-19
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
Preachers shouldn’t and won’t glory in preaching if they do it as a duty and a responsibility. If they’re doing it because they “have to” where is the glory? We should desire to do what we can for God. The blessing comes with a willing sacrifice, not from a dutiful sacrifice. Paul found glory in sacrifice when it became a willing sacrifice. God didn’t have to prod him into doing his will.
2 Corinthians 12:14-15
Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you; for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
Paul was willing to suffer if it would bring glory to God. He had to be willing to suffer a lot for the work of God. Paul was always willing to do for the gospel. We want to give back to God what he has put into our hands. God wants us, not stuff. When he gets us, he’ll have our stuff, too. Get past the stuff and give yourself completely to God. “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you…” God wants the sacrifice of love. You can’t command love; it’s the sacrifice that comes from you to God. All we give and do should spring from a sacrificial love. Any other kind of sacrifice isn’t really what God wants. True sacrifice comes from love that would deny self to honor God.