Topic: Living A Life Of Sacrifice [TREM Devotional 21 September 2020]
“… Neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing…” 2 Samuel 24:24 KJV
As we climax the age, unfortunately, you will begin to observe that the love for self will gradually increase to the extent that people will slow down in their commitment to the things of God. Today, I want to ask you a few questions. Please be very honest with yourself. What is your driving force for service to God? Is it convenience or conviction? Can God truly depend on you to serve Him whether it is convenient or not?
Some people serve God only when it is convenient. They say to themselves, I will serve God when the going is good. I will serve God as long as the testimonies keep rolling in. I call such people fair-weather Christians. Another group of fair-weather Christians are those who serve God just to solve a challenge in their lives. When praying for a spouse, a job, child or business breakthrough, they are ready to do anything, even keep vigils every single night in a week. But the moment they get the answer, off they go. Is it not an irony that the blessing they were praying for becomes the reason why they are no longer available to God? You hear things like: It is because of the demands of the job or the child cries ever so often so I cannot leave him, so I stay back.
Beloved, if you are in this category, I come today to encourage you to make a U-turn for the better. From out text, David got an offer to sacrifice to God, but he looked at the offer and said, “I will not offer to God that which will cost me nothing”. Beloved, your service to God must go beyond convenience, or else it is not acceptable. The kingdom of God is not a game of convenience. Somebody paid the price with His own blood. It is not something you play with. Don’t handle it with kid’s gloves. It is serious business!
God is calling every believer to a life of sacrifice. I challenge you today to go out of your way to serve God with all you heart, whether it is convenient or not. He deserves the best because He gave you His best, Jesus.
Further Reading: 2 Samuel 24:18-25
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Ecclesiastes 7-9; Evening- 2 Corinthians 13
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.
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