My obedience is better than my sacrifice. When I am obedient to God, my
actions reveal that the cost of His sacrifice means everything to me.
Now I can sacrifice anything for the wrong reason, but when I am
obedient to His will in what I sacrifice, then I make His sacrifice the
defining reason for my obedience. When His sacrifice TOTALLY defines who
I am, humility is evident in every area of my life. A humble spirit
inspires obedience. On the other hand, disobedience stems from pride.
Longing for personal acceptance by others, it says “no” when the
sacrifice involves humility. However, true obedience reveals respect for
the cost of Jesus’ sacrifice, and goes where disobedience never will—
into the very heart of God. This is where the joy of obedient sacrifice
“Remember this,” Paul wrote, “whoever sows
sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will
also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his
heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a
cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that
in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound
in every good work” (II Corinthians 9:6-8.
God loves a
cheerful giver who invests richly in His kingdom through obedience in
every area of his life. What do I invest? How about you? Our compliance
to God’s will speaks of joy in our own sacrifice. If we invest with joy,
we shall receive the grace of His total supply for our work. His joy is
discovered in giving as Christ gave to us.