|Posted by Joseph Green on October 9, 2018 at 3:30 PM|
At a recent O.A.S.I.S. (Older Adults Sharing In Service) meeting, the Lord Had laid it upon my heart to talk about sacrifice. In studying for the meeting, He kept back to David's sacrifice of water from the well, (1 Chronicles 11). Of how badly David wanted that drink of water, and all that his mighty men had risked to get it for him. And then he just poured it onto the ground. So, I began to ask, "Lord, why are you showing me this? What are you trying to teach me through this?" And I started to think about everthing I know about David.
He was a man after God's own heart. Why? Because he would do whatever God asked him to do.
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
David was not perfect, There was sin in his life. He dealt with lust, we all know what happened with Bathsheba, and what he did to her husband to make her available to him. But even when it hurt, David obeyed God! Even when it hurt, he sacrificed! He was fearless when it came to doing what God wanted him to do! Even in the face of Goliath!
1 Samuel 17:36
36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
His love for God was such that no matter what God asked of him, he did it! Even in the face of losing his own life! How long did Saul seek to kill him?! And twice, David was right there, he could have been angry, frustrated, he could have gotten rid of the threat right there and taken his throne. But he held back because God forbade him to stretch forth his hand against His annointed.
1 Samuel 26:1-11
In due time, God made David king, but he went through a lot untill then. And during that time, he failed. We all fail, we're human. But David's heart was after God through it all.
I always want to say, "It's all in the want to!" None of us are perfect, none of us will ever be good enough, but if we strive to be good enough, God honors that "want to". He honors that desire to pleasse Him. God knows whether our efforts are real or not, He understands our mental thoughts and the thoughts of our heart. We cannot fool God.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Getting back to David's sacrifice of the water... He'd fought long and hard, and he really wanted that drink! I believeThat if he hadn't wanted it badly, he would have never mentioned it to his mighty men. Because he had to know that his men were so loyal to himthey would have done anything. They would have gotten him anything. So they risked their lives, they risked everything for David, because of their love and loyalty for thier king, to bring him this drink of water, and watched him, out of sacrifice for his God, pour it out on the ground.
I think of this in terms of ourselves. We have to be willing to risk everything, like those mighty men did, for their king. To risk everything! To risk our life, our livelyhood, our day to day doings, every thing in our life! Not just on Sundays, not just on Tuesdays or Wednesdays or whenever mid-week service falls, but everyday!
We have to be willing to sacrifice like David did! To sacrifice those things that we want more than anything in the world! The things that look good, the things that taste good, the things our hearts long for, we have to be willing to give up for God! Because the essence of sacrifice is not, "Well' Here God, I'll give you what i don't really care for", or "I'll give you what I don't really want, what's not important to me". No, that's not what sacrifice is....
Sacrifice is letting go of that one thing you really want to hold on to! Merriam Webster Dictionary defines it as "destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else."
I heard a minister say something once that has always stuck with me. He said, "God will never ask us for something we don't have, but He will almost always askus for something that we would like to keep."
If we look at Abraham, He prayed for a son, and they were blessed with Isaac. Isaac was their joy, he was God's promise to them. God asked Abraham to sacrifice him on the mountain! Abraham never question or hesitated, he just got ready and left. His love and faith in God was such that he just obeyed and trusted God for the journey. In Abrahams obedience, in his sacrifice, his willingness to give up the thing most precious to him, God did not require it of him.
When we were youth directors, I used to tell the kids that there were going to be things in their lives that they wanted, that they longed for, but when we pray in God's will, we need to be willing to give it up if it's not part of His will. That's what sacrifice is.
In our Christian walk, sacrifice is something we are all going to be called to do. It may be the smallest sacrifice, it may be a huge sacrifice, but we have to be willing to do whatever is God's will. It's always going to be "Jesus first"! He has to be the priority, He will never be second! Sometimes that means sacrificing family time, sometimes that means sacrificing a better paying job because it takes you away from church. Sometimes it's sacrificing a good time with friends because they are doing things that you don't believe in.
There are all kinds of sacriffice and God honors even the smallest one if it's done for Him, and always with thanksgiving and praise....
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Continually, even in the worst of times. It's praising and thanking Him no matter what comes, in good times and bad. That's why it's a sacrifice, because you do it even in the hardest times, even when you don't feel like it, even when it's not easy.
God will always honor our sacrifice, no matter how small. He will honor it. Just as He sacrificed everything because of His love for us, He will honor whatever sacrifice we make because of our love for Him. Because of our love for Him! It's not about what anybody else thinks, or how the world sees you. God knows our hearts and He knows how big that sacrifice is for us. He knows! And He will honor it!
Sister Susan Green