Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sacrifices That Please God

A man touring a rural area of the Far East saw a boy pulling a crude plow while an old man held the handles and guided it through the rice paddy. The visitor commented, "I suppose they are poor."

"Yes," said his guide. "When their church was built, they wanted to give something to help but they had no money. So they sold their only ox. This spring they are pulling the plow themselves." The tourist was deeply challenged by their sacrificial gift.

God puts no merit in any attempts to earn His favor or call attention to oneself. But He delights in deeds that spring from faith that works through love. He is pleased when we do good, and share with others.

Some spiritual sacrifices will be costly. But what is gained - His praise - is always greater than what is given up. (

Heb 13:16 (ISV): “Do not neglect to do good and to be generous, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.”

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