What will it cost you to give what God asks? The better question is, “what will it cost you to NOT…?”
When you consider the price you will pay for the daily enslavement of your soul. A life where you serve your money instead of your money serving you. Where what you own, owns you. I would say that price is pretty high.
It’s just money. A tangible currency by which we live and maneuver our lives on this earth. You make some, you lose some. Money comes and goes.
The Bible says money is the heart indicator; like a metal detector in sand, where your treasure is…ding ding ding. Your heart is there also. Where is your heart?
Go ahead. Check your check book. Flip through your receipts. Bank on your checking account to tell you what you treasure most.
Abraham put his son on the altar.
The woman poured out a bottle of perfume.
God put His Son on the cross.
In that day, a child was the family’s future, income and 401K plan. Without an “inheritance” the couple essentially had no hope and would be dependent in their twilight years. Abraham obeyed God and did not *risk it all, he *gave it all in faith knowing that God would provide. And He did. The very moment Abraham laid down his – very dear, and costly sacrifice – God immediately supplied another sacrifice, the ram in the bush.
Essentially God said, “Give me this, and I will give you everything.” Read the truth about our unchanging God in this account in Genesis 22.
And the perfume bottle? That was no cheap knock-off. That was the equivalent of our annual salary. What is that to you? $45,000? $75,000? I can’t say I’ve poured out that level of one time gift over my Lord.
What if God didn’t spend that much on me?
This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. John 3:16 MSG
There’s a powerful scene at the end of a comedic movie called Rat Race. At the end of the race for the 2 million dollar treasure, the people find themselves positioned in the center of a Feed the Earth fundraiser expecting their long sought after treasure to be given away. All that hard work for…wait for it…not for me.
Joy and exhilaration flood the face of each one as they choose to separate the bundle of money from their heart and the grip of their hand, and give it away. After all, it was given to them, right?
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor. 9:7
We are just temporary stewards. Free yourself from the mindset that we are here to consume and hoard in our barns full of plenty. When the day comes that your friends and family will reflect on your life, what will they ask? How much you had? or how much you gave?
What is your life? Can you give it away?
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Mt 6:24
“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mt 6:20-21
Even King David said, “I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 2 Samuel 24:24