Deuteronomy 15:10 (NIV)
Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
This Bible verse talks about giving monetarily to people who are in need of it, to not be selfish with what you have but to be generous because God has first given to us and we give only what belongs to Him. However, since we are all about being ‘UNITED’ for this devotional series, we shall leave that for another time and focus on the giving aspect, not monetarily but spiritually. Following this verse, in Deuteronomy 15:11, it says that there will always be poor people in the land. I believe that these few verses reach far beyond the physical realm where money is the main concern, but extend into the spiritual realm where there will always be people that have not heard the Gospel or experienced the love of God or maybe they have heard it and are just waiting to be harvested by God’s people.
For sure, to carry out all these commands that God has given us take certain sacrifices, especially in the area of our time. More often than not, I hear people, myself even, resenting the fact that time can be so uncooperative. It literally flies when you want it to crawl, and crawls when you want it to fly. Recently, I realize that the reason why time behaves this way is simply because we are not its master, God is. All of us get 24 hours in a day, no more, no less, but if we do the right things at the right time in accordance to God’s instructions, He will no doubt make the time work for us instead of it being the other way around. Make time to read the Word of God and spend time with Him on your part as well as being that messenger of His love to those He has placed around you. Ultimately, there has to be trust in God. Sometimes, we seem to be doing all that He wants us to do but our prayers do not get answered, we see setbacks creeping into our lives. It is times like these that our foundation and our trust in God are tested, we have to constantly make sure our vision is aligned with His, that our trust in Him never wavers because we have the knowledge that our God knows what is best for us and He knows what He is doing.
Therefore, sacrifice some time to do the work of God so that God can do wonders in your life and those whom you touch. In fact, I am learning to see all these sacrifices not as sacrifices, but mere inconveniences for the higher calling and greater good. In the words of Brother Andrew, who was also given the nickname ‘God’s Smuggler’: “It’s nonsense to talk about sacrifice when you see Jesus Christ die for you on the Cross. If Jesus Christ being God, came down to die for me, then no sacrifice can be too big for me to make for Him.” It is my hope that for today and the rest of the year, we take our eyes off ourselves and lose the focus on our life and our needs. Look to God and ask Him: “Lord, what would you have me do today?” Remember, all these are just inconveniences that will reap their benefits in time to come, God has promised us treasures that will never fade away and He is not One to go back on His Word.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that when we were dead in our sin, You made us alive in You and cancelled the charge of our indebtedness. I thank You that I belong to You now and I have a role to play when it comes to evangelizing to the lost and discipling those who wish to know you deeper. When I have to make sacrifices in order for Your will to be done, I pray that You give me the strength to know that these are nothing compared to the ultimate sacrifice that You made for me when You sent Your Son down to Earth to redeem us. I thank You that You are the master of time and from today onwards, I entrust my times to You, Lord. I trust in all You do and I am grateful for all that you are doing in my life and the lives of those around me. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.