A simple sacrifice

heart

The greatest sacrifice, or most acceptable offering, that a Christian can give to God is not outstanding works, or impactful acts of service, done in His name but a heart that’s yielded and obedient to Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ did not give His Father sacrifices and offerings but a heart that was fully obedient to His will. As a result, His Father performed mighty works through Him, including the redemption of humanity.

“When Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” (Hebrews 10:5–7).

So, give God all of your heart and strive to be obey Him fully. These are the core sacrifices He requires from you.

Faith builders

Though permitted by God for growth, significant challenges can either build or destroy our faith depending on how we respond. If we choose to believe in who God is and trust Him no matter what, our faith will grow substantially in the face of trials. But if we allow setbacks to cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness, we will lose the ability to trust Him and thereby lose the strength to overcome.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

—Hebrews 11:6

A Word

“Who [with reason] despises the day of small things?” (Zech. 4:10)

Has the Lord led you to start something that seems to be making slow progress? Perhaps you are considering shutting it down because growth is slow. This is the word of the Lord to you: “Your hands have laid the foundation of the work; your hands will also finish it. The eyes of the Lord are watching to bring you to the expected end. The work will not be accomplished by your might or your power but by His Spirit. So be encouraged. Do not give up,” says the Spirit of the Lord.

A Remnant

In ministry, not all will respond positively to the truths that God has given you to convey. This is because not all are ready to go the distance with Him. But God does not leave Himself without a witness; for every bunch who choose to worship from afar, or not worship at all, there are one or two (a remnant) who are on fire for the Lord and are eager to hear all He has to say. So, true servant of God, preach on!

And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.” So Paul departed from among them. However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

—Acts 17:32–34

God Sees

God does not look at the outward appearance of things. Rather, He sees the heart of every matter and the true motive behind what is being done and rewards, or judges, accordingly.

I traverse the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.

—Proverbs 8:20–21 NKJV

Live Purposefully

Life is short, live it wisely. If you have children, invest in giving them a good spiritual, mental, and financial foundation. Equip them to live purposeful and fruitful lives with or without you. Use your God-given talents and abilities to build God’s kingdom and to promote His agenda. Invest significant effort and time in preparing your own soul for eternity. We all hope for long lives but, truly, none of us knows the exact amount of time we have here on earth. Therefore, let’s live each day in readiness to give a good account if we unexpectedly find ourselves standing before our Creator.

The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. . . . So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom..

—Psalm 90:10, 12 NKJV

Priorities

Loving and worshiping God should be the Christian’s topmost priority. It should not merely be one of many priorities but the focal point from which all other activities derive.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NKJV).

I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent (Revelation 2:2-5 NKJV).