Pastor Segun Obadje

The Power Of Sacrifices (IV)

Mark 12:43-44

“And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.”

2 Corinthians 8:1-3

“Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;   How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.   For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;”

The widow in Mark 12 is another example of someone who gave to God sacrificially, and we see the Lord’s response to her. That woman was a widow, and in addition to that she was poor, yet she gave all that she had as an offering to God. The Lord Jesus said that of all that gave, from the rich to the poor, she gave the most because she gave her all. Jesus called to remembrance in the Holy Scriptures the sacrifice of that poor widow. Again, this shows us that God remembers sacrifices.

Also in 2 Corinthians 8:1, we see the example of the Macedonian churches; who though were in great trial and deep poverty physically, yet were so liberal even more than other churches that were wealthy. This shows us that it is not wealth that makes for liberality; it is love, grace and an understanding of God. Some say “When I have a lot of money I will give…” But that is not the right attitude. The correct and right attitude is the one that gives sacrificially of the seeming little or not enough resources, for only then can you be sure that when God blesses you with much, you will be able to still give sacrificially of the much. The Lord Jesus said in Luke 16:10 “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

The churches of Macedonia prayed the Apostles, who were reluctant to take anything from them because of their lack, to receive from their gifts. They were a people given to sacrifices. It wasn’t convenient naturally speaking, but they responded to the love of God in their hearts. God ensured that their act didn’t go unrecorded in Scripture for all time.

 

Further Meditation: 2 Chronicles 1:6; Romans 16:3-4

 

My Solid Front (Confession): I declare in the Name of Jesus Christ, that I am a sacrificial giver. Of that which God blesses me with per time, I give sacrificially. Amen.