Posted by danong2013

Dearly beloved,

The world dictates that if you want to be a successful person, you have to give the best of yourself. Anything less will get you nowhere. You must be willing to sacrifice anything if you desire to climb up the corporate ladder. It demands your life-long commitment. How about the children of God?

Every one of us is familiar with John 3:16, the very essence of the Gospel message, “for God so love the world that He gives His only begotten Son…” It reveals to us the very heart of God of His great love for you and me. He offers to us His Son Jesus, as a perfect sacrificial Lamb for our salvation.

Today we experience and enjoy the blessing of His redemp-tion. God graciously pours out His all to redeem us because He has no desire anyone should be lost. He chooses to give His best. But are we giving to Him our best? As pastor and writer Andrew Murray put it, “The world asks, ‘What does a man own?’ Christ asks, ‘How does he use it?’”

There’s an old story about a dad who gave his son two quarters as he heads for Sunday School. He told the boy that he should give one quarter in the offering and he could keep the other to get an ice cream cone. As the boy walked down the street he accidentally dropped one of the quarters which then rolled into a storm drain and disappeared. The boy looked for a moment down the drain and then slowly looked toward the sky, sighed and said, “Well God, there goes your quarter”.

It is easy to give to God something. But it requires your heart to give of your best. Such takes love to give of your all to our Lord Jesus. Someone made this observation, “To give 10 percent of your $100 dollars is easy. But to give 10 percent of your $10,000 dollars is hard”. Giving of your best is all about you presenting yourself ‘as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship’, (Romans 12:1, ESV).

Can we fathom the depth of His love and the pain Jesus endured on the Cross for our sake? Giving is motivated by grace. When we ponder and understand the love of God and grace of Jesus, we would cultivate a giving heart. When we learn to appreciate God’s grace in our lives, we learn to give of our best to Him. We would honour Him with our poss-essions, Proverbs 3:9.

On whatever we do, let’s us be encouraged to do it with a willing heart, not withholding our best for Him.

With an appreciative heart

Pr Lawrence

Give what is right and not what is left