I have heard so much talk in the Christian circles about how much we sacrifice for God. We put a few dollars on the offering plate or give a few shillings to missionaries going to a distant land or even give to a noble cause and then we consider that a big sacrifice, we pat ourselves on the back and thank ourselves for the great work we have done.
Even as missionaries we leave the things that are familiar to us, our closely knit relationships and go to distant unreached places, give of our time and lives and call that sacrifice. In many ways we have it wrong. It’s not sacrifice, it’s an honor and a beautiful privilege. When you compare it to what Jesus did for us, there is nothing you can ever give or put aside that can ever come close to what he did on the cross. What he gave up for us, we can never repay nor can we ever come close to give as much as he gave. But that’s just one point, the other is that even if you were to out give yourself; what are you giving that you have not been given in the first place, what are you sacrificing that was yours in the first place. Everything that we presumably sacrifice was given to us. The money we say we are sacrificing, God has given us, he is the one who gives us the ability to make wealth, he is the provider, everything on earth and in heaven belongs to him, we have no right on anything, it all belongs to him. So what are we sacrificing, we are just giving back what is already his, that’s everything including our time and lives. David of all people knew this and in his prayer in 1 chronicles 29:10-17 he portrays very clearly
David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. 15 We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. 16 Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.
So when he calls us to do something like giving or going and we obey, we are just merely being honored and privileged to be a part of a beautiful and eternal work of God. Let’s say someone gives you a million shillings and later in the week you guys are hanging out together and you decide to pay for the bill of 50K, would you walk around talking about how you sacrificed 50K to pay the bill of your friend. It would be pitiful and laughable. Now this example is limited in many ways but I think it still portrays the message. It’s a pitiful thing to wake up to God with our giving, time, resources, life and our going and say we are sacrificing. Not all, it’s a privilege and a joy, it’s an honor that we are giving our lives, our monies, our prayer time for the sake of Him who has given all, that we may live a rich, blessed and beautiful life in him and for him. Friends, will you join His work around the world, will you give, will you pray, will you go and give of your life. We cannot afford to be stingy with the monies, time and life god has given us, and we cannot afford to expend our energies on that that doesn’t last. Will you join with us in this beautiful privilege and honor.