The Sacrificial Gift (1).
“She went and did according to the word of Elijah. And for a long time, she and her family had enough to eat, as well as Elijah.” 1 Kings 17:15
The biblical gift imposes certain conditions on all believers so that their gift can please God and attract His reward. God wants you and me to give generously, joyfully, promptly (without delay), faithfully, and sacrificially. It is regrettable that many believers do not consider these criteria or requirements when they give. The truth is that you will never miss the rewards and blessings promised by God if you fulfill these conditions or requirements. The most neglected condition for diving into giving is the principle of sacrificial giving. Today, many believers are very stingy towards God, explaining why poverty is found among the children of the Kingdom whose Father owns all the gold and silver as well as the cattle on a thousand hills.
As a believer, here are the things you can give to God sacrificially: (1) Your time – you can dedicate your time to serving God and advancing the things of His kingdom. (2) Your skills – you can use your skills to advance the cause of the Gospel and the advancement of the kingdom of God on earth. (3) Your finances – you can sow your tithes, firstfruits, and offerings sacrificially. (4) Your praise and worship – In Hebrews 13:15, the Bible urges us to continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, the fruit of our lips.
Sacrificial giving is an act of love, obedience, faith, and worship. It brings incredible, transgenerational, and eternal rewards. As a believer, your sacrificial gift to God will contribute to your sustenance during your days of lack. This is what the widow of Zarephath experienced (1 Kings 17:1-16). Heaven releases a torrential rain of blessings for you and your loved ones. Such was Abraham’s experience (Genesis 22:17). You will enjoy unprecedented favor from God and excel in life where others have struggled (Psalm 90:17). You will receive God’s mercy whenever you seek it. You will also benefit from the presence, protection, and peace of God.
Beloved, God respects sacrificial giving. At critical moments, He will remember your gift (sacrifice or offering) and speak on your behalf. This is what happened throughout Abraham’s life when he sacrificed his son Isaac with love. This sacrifice led God to establish an eternal covenant with Abraham.
- Father, grant me the grace to be a faithful and joyful giver in Your Kingdom, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, make me a sacrificial giver, in the name of Jesus.
- Today, Father, remember my offering, and let my sacrifice speak for me, in the name of Jesus.
- I overcome the spirit of greed and selfishness, by the power in the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, take my time, talent, and treasure and use them for Your glory, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, may my sacrificial gift bring me transgenerational blessings, in the name of Jesus.
- My Father, make me Your Kingdom builder par excellence, in the name of Jesus.
This text is an excerpt from the book “Living on top life of the mountain daily devotion 2024” written by Dr DANIEL OLUKOYA.
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