SACRIFICE THAT HURTS
raise the Lord. My dear brethren; we serve a God who is merciful and loving. From heaven, He watches over us looking to see if what we do to Him is a sign of our love to Him. Sometimes faith without action does not wholly please Him. He expects real sign of our faith to Him.
One of my friends while in college told me that “it is good to offer sacrifice to God through tithe and offerings but what touches God is that sacrifice that hurts”.
He went ahead to explain to me that “what hurts must be tangible and substantial. You must feel it when you are giving it out especially when you consider the opportunity cost”.
I went home thinking about those words. It is true that we cannot give God more than He has given us. We should be assured that whatever we give to Him is a measure of our faith to Him and it does not go unnoticed. God will remember you or your loved one in time of need and He will protect you from ways of the evil.
Let’s turn to the book of 1KINGS17:7-23.Reading that part we are told that the window had little oil and flour that was only enough for her and her own son. It was during a famine season and she even told Elijah that if she cook it for him,,,,”then we must die”. Elijah convinced her to cook first for him. The window offered the sacrifice that hurt by cooking for Elijah at the expense of herself and her son.
We are told that the jar of flour and that of oil never run empty. In addition to that, when the son of that window died, Elijah through the help of God restored his life once again.
May be it is the hurting sacrifice that we will give of helping that struggling child in our neighborhoods or helping our pastor or tithing that we make our God to heal us, bless us abundantly and even protect us. I believe the ball is on our side and God is waiting to see if we will give that hurting sacrifice to Him and He will do to us more than we can ask or imagine.