Everyone was seated ready for the critical meeting. The Father walked in sandwiched between Jesus and the Holy Spirit. There was only one item on the agenda and God Himself was chairing the meeting. Then came the one million dollar question, “Who will go for us?” And there was silence in heaven. Jesus rose up, faced the Father and said “I will go”. God looked at the Son, it wasn’t easy but being the loving God He is, He knew He had to sacrifice His only begotten Son in-order to redeem back mankind from his fallen nature.
See, we serve a rich God, rich in mercy as well as rich in resources. He is the kind of God whom the bible describes as having cattle on a thousand hills, He owns the whole world, and His streets are streets of gold.
1 Kings 17:11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
12: And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
He is not a needy God yet at times God shows up in our lives appearing to be needy. In our desperate situations God comes in asking for that little that we have, not really because He doesn’t care, or because He is after punishing us. As a matter-of-fact God already knows it is not enough for us, yet He demands for it why? Because He is presenting us with an opportunity to partner with Him through our sacrifice.
Sacrifice is not an easy thing. The demand God places on you is never a simple task, we don’t sacrifice out of the abundance of what we have, and we sacrifice from the little we have. The widow of Zarephath had bread just enough to eat once and die, Abraham had only Isaac, for Jesus to feed the five thousand men it took what the bible describes as a boy’s lunch (two fish and five loaves), it was the little he had.
Sacrifice is an element of trust; it measures our willingness to partner with God.
What is God asking you to sacrifice? What are you holding onto that God is asking you to release? Has God asked you to sacrifice out of dire need? You’re on the verge of a turnaround.
Child of God, Let it go!