Teach us to give and not to count the cost.
Sacrificial giving is spiritual and in fact, a most relational issue with God. In order to truly and completely yield to God, we must evaluate carefully what we consider as the most glaring part of our commitment and submission – our giving lifestyle. By sacrificial giving, we don’t mean meeting usual needs or demands from people. It goes beyond that.
David said far be it from me that I will give to God what doesn’t cost me a thing. This should, as a matter of fact, become every believer’s declaration. The huge difference between a sacrificial giving and the normal meeting of needs is usually placed on value.
God gave His greatest treasure to mankind and never placed any form of selfish demand in return or condition over His gift to mankind. What we give speaks volumes of what we mean and in extension portrays where our heart is.
Yes, giving is one of the ways to honour God but a sacrificial one proves more of absolute submission. When we give to God valuably, it shows our heart and all that we are is focused on Him, and so all that makes life beautiful is drawn out of Him. When we give, do we murmur? Or do we just do it as a fulfilment of righteousness? That is not sacrificial giving. We must happily give and it must be an act of great value without compulsion before it can actually be considered as a proof of our loyalty to God. Loyal in this context portrays focus.
When we begin to negotiate what to give to God, we simply tell Him that He’s an option in our life and this can never generate an undistracted focus on Him. Aside from the fact that sacrificial giving is a clear means to show forth affection, it also practically keeps your focus on the person who you are giving the gifts to. This promotes a deep connection between the two parties involved.
To keep our focus on God we must give him our all, not just our material possessions or resources but also our time and commitment. We should not give because it is convenient, NO! If it does not cost us a thing, then it is not worth the price of value.
God still has His focus on mankind because of the value of the gift He gave to humanity. As believers, we must also be followers of this same demonstration of great affection by giving sacrificially to Him who even gave us much more. This is where the real focus on Christ and the kingdom begins… SACRIFICIAL GIVING.
2 Samuel 24:21
- In what ways have I made God feel am doing Him a favour by giving to Him?
- What kind of assistance am I rendering to people around me?
- How many times I have nullified my giving with a complaint?
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