'Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.' Genesis 15:6 NLT
We got a bit nerdy and looked up ‘wholeheartedness’ in the Oxford English Dictionary (other dictionaries are available…but this one makes us sound more cleverer). ‘Wholeheartedness’ is all about sincerity and commitment. You could describe Abraham that way. Sincere. Committed. Yep, he was so God–fearing he was willing to sacrifice his only son (have a read of Genesis 22:1–19 for a reminder). That’s sincere faith, right there. And when you look at how God responded to this kind of faith it’s a good reminder of how we should be willing to live. In Genesis 22:17 NLT God says through an angel that He will ‘…certainly bless’ Abraham. Genesis 22:18 goes on: God says ‘…through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed Me.’ Wow. When we’re willing to put in extra effort for God, He certainly notices it. When we learn to live out our faith with heart, He blesses whatever work we’re doing for Him. Now that doesn’t mean that playing in the worship group has a direct correlation to the dollars in your bank balance. But it does mean that, when you give it absolutely everything you’ve got, living with a generous heart, you’ll begin to see God at work and learn to recognise His blessings. So, how can we sacrifice? Well, have a wardrobe clearout. Among the too–small t–shirts and last year’s jeans, give away something that you like. If Abraham could prepare to sacrifice his son, you can sacrifice that jumper. Give the clothes to someone who might be struggling to get new ones or, if you don’t know anyone who is, take them to a charity shop.
SoulFood: Josh 1-4, Mark 10:1-12, Ps 103:1-12, Prov 22:27-29
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