Welcome back! Last week we spent quite a bit of time with Abraham and Sarah. Their names changed, but their favorite sins didn’t. Abraham’s inability to be honest when he goes to a new place, shows that no matter how much we sin, God loves us anyway and will bless us abundantly. We just have to learn to trust in our Lord. This week, we are going to see how God blesses regardless of the sins committed, because our Lord always holds true to his promise. Read today’s APPLICATION to see how trust in God often means we have to sacrifice something.
Monday, February 5 Chapter 21
Tuesday, February 6 Chapter 22
Wednesday, February 7 Chapter 23
Thursday, February 8 Chapter 24
Friday, February 9 Chapter 25
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Our theme this week is God Requires Sacrifice. I really don’t like that. I am a person who has struggled a lot, and continues to struggle, through sacrificing things for God. I don’t want to rock my own boat, I like things done a certain way, I like everything to be just so. Unfortunately, to be a child of God is to sacrifice things. We are called to sacrifice our favorite sins like we talked about last week, we are called to sacrifice relationships that may not be nurturing our spiritual growth, we have to sacrifice our time, talent, and treasure for the good of the Church. These things are difficult!
We have seen for two weeks now how Abraham is willing to sacrifice so much for God. But one of the things we never saw Abraham sacrifice, was himself. I recently read a book called The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and it was amazing. One of the things it said was that God truly loves us and wants us to be unique. I still haven’t wrapped my head around this concept. But one of the things I think it is trying to communicate is that God uses our individuality to bring his plans to fruition.
There is only one me, I am the only person that can do the work God needs me to do to grow the Body of Christ, to shine his light on the world in a particular way. Similarly, only you can do what God needs you to do to grow the Kingdom of God, and to shine his grace on the world in a particular way. We each need to take stock of the gifts, resources, and interests God has given us and use them to point toward heaven.
Abraham teaches us that we don’t have to be perfect to do God’s work. I don’t know everything about the scriptures, but I have always loved them and they have been since an important part of my journey, want to share them with others. I am a sinner, a really broken person, I am so undeserving of the blessings God gives, but my God, is he generous!
You’re life is so precious to God, he is generous with his grace and will pour into you all that you need to do the work that only you can do. You may have to make sacrifices for this. You may have to watch less Netflix, wake up early, or leave a relationship in order to become the person you are meant to become. But know in your heart and soul and mind, that there is nothing good God will keep from you. There is nothing beautiful and pure that he will deny you. He loves you abundantly, he loves you so much he died an excruciating death so that he could be united to you for all eternity. Accept that gift, run with it, and use it as a motivation to use the other gifts he gives you to share the love of Christ to a world that sorely needs it.
Just as an FYI, I am saying this to myself just as much as I’m saying it to you. Doing God’s will is hard, I know from experience. But I also know the fruits of that hard work. I know that sacrifice is hard. Our Lord is asking me to sacrifice something right now that I’m really struggling to give up. But his grace is enough. I will be able to sacrifice what he is asking me to, because I know I can only depend on him.
Please be encouraged and challenged this week. Know that I am praying for you on your journey, and I ask that you pray for me also.
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