I’m talking about what we give to God. No, I’m not going to ask for an offering. I’m thinking about how willing we are to give.
There are some things that we’re more willing to give than others. Many are willing to give some time to the Lord on Sundays as well as a couple of hours during the week. There are a lot of believers who give ten percent of their income to the work of God.
Here’s the problem. Am I giving what God is asking for? If not, then all my works count for nothing.
Is it any different than our Christmas experience? We all get presents that we don’t want. Check out the exchange lines the day after Christmas and you’ll see exactly what I mean. No one wants to give a gift that gets returned.
How much more important is it to you, that God doesn’t return your gift? We need to know what He’s looking for in a gift.
Actually, we can get some insight from the enemy. Satan made an interesting statement while he was accusing Job before God.
“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life.”
If anyone knows us well, it’s the devil. After centuries of watching us, he came to this conclusion.
That’s how we know the value of the greatest gift God asks of us.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
Jesus taught the same thing. A man will sell everything he has to save his life. It’s the most precious possession we own.
That’s why it’s also the greatest gift we can give to God. In reality, God doesn’t want your time or money if it’s just a replacement for you. The Lord wants you.
This season, while we think about all the things we’re getting for others, don’t forget the highest name on the list. Make it your first priority to give yourself fully to Christ. Then, everything else will fall into place.
Question: How far are you willing to go for the Lord?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013