WAY TO GOD’S HEART: SACRIFICIAL GIVING 2Samuel 24:18-25

Sacrificial giving is different from ordinary giving! While sacrificial giving cost you something, normal giving may not. For example, the widow that gave two copper coins had nothing left after giving, though small, it was a sacrificial giving, while many rich people gave far above what the old widow gave but still had more left with them.

There was a case in 2Kings 3 where the kings of Israel, Judah and Edom went to war against the king of Moab. By divine ministration of prophet Elisha, they were promised of victory. True to the word of the prophet, they had the victory and the king of Moab did everything possible to win but could not, then he gave a crazy sacrifice which turned God against His own people, 2Kings 3:27 “Then he took his eldest son who would have reigned in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering upon the wall, and there was great indignation against Israel. So they departed from him and returned to their own land”.

V 24 “Then the king said to Araunah, No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing. So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver”. God Himself made a sacrificial giving for mankind by sending His son to come and die for our sins, Abraham also gave Isaac as a sacrificial seed. If that giving does not cost you, it is not sacrificial, there are many people that budget a certain percentage of the income on charity, which they do religiously. Tithing is a form of sacrificial giving too, my late father does not pay ten per cent as tithe but twenty per cent!

It is not only people you know that you can sow sacrificially into their lives, but also people you don’t know. That poor child near you, you can pick up his bills, you can pay the hospital bill of the sick etc. and it will make God draw close to you when done in good spirit.

 

Prayer point: Father Lord, help me to be a sacrificial giver in Jesus’ name.