WED. 13th FEB, 2019
THEME: GIVE SACRIFICIALLY
PASSAGE: MATT. 26:6-13
6. Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7. There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. 8. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 9. For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. 10. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 11. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. 12. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. 13. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
Sacrificial means connected with or offered as a sacrifice. To give sacrificially, therefore, implies giving something very precious and valuable to you which you are willing to part with because of your love for the recipient. When something like that is given in such respect, it touches the heart of God to commend such act and bless the doer.
The box of perfume that the woman gave up and used on Jesus was very expensive. In some Bible commentaries, it was valued at a year’s worth of wages. It was so expensive that the disciples of Jesus had to complain of such a wasteful use. The woman was not considering the amount of the perfume but the great worth of Jesus on whom she poured it.
Also today’s memory verse (Lk 24:3,4) portrays a widow who gave the whole of her life’s substance as offering in the Temple. And what was Jesus’ comment? “I assure you,” He said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has” (Lk. 21:3-4).
A tithe payment may not be considered sacrificial as it is a norm, a percentage of your income expected to be given as your basic contribution. A sacrificial giving will go well beyond the normal. Have you ever given a sacrificial offering or gift, either to God or fellow human? Sacrificial offering receives commendation from God and will definitely receive due reward both in this world and in heaven’s account. In fact, giving in the New Testament is sacrificial and far more than tithes and offering.
Do you consider God as of great value? Start giving something sacrificial. Do you consider God’s command to love others as we love ourselves? Consider giving sacrificially to people who need such gesture as times present themselves. Such labour of love will definitely receive God’s commendation and reward.
HYMN: EMHB 923
1: WE give Thee but Thine own,
Whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone,
A trust, O Lord, from Thee.
2: May we Thy bounties thus
As stewards true receive,
And gladly, as Thou blessest us,
To Thee our first-fruits give.
3: O hearts are bruised and dead,
And homes are bare and cold,
And lambs for whom the Shepherd bled
Are straying from the fold.
4: To comfort and to bless,
To find a balm for woe,
To tend the lone and fatherless
Is angels’ work below.
5: The captive to release,
To God the lost to bring,
To teach the way of life and peace—
It is a Christ-like thing.
Luke 21:4 “For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”
Help me Lord, to understand the benefits of sacrificial giving and to practise it from time to time. Amen.