21 Days to a Grateful Heart- DAY 4

21 Days to a Grateful Heart- DAY 4

21 Days to a Grateful Heart -DAY 4

Written by Matthew Myers 

Edited by Lena Joseph 

Sacrifice. The word itself means to give up something of value or great importance for another purpose. We are often called to sacrifice ourselves for different purposes. We sacrifice our time and our resources to help others. We sacrifice self to make room for God. But what comes of our sacrifice and why should we be thankful for them.

9:12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
9:13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for our generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
9:14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you,
9:15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.
2 Corinthians 9:12-15

The previous verses to this are about giving and the more you give the more you will receive and be able to give in the future. But these verses are the result of giving and your sacrifice. We often give when we have an abundance. Then giving is easier. But, we are called to give when we see a need. This will often result in sacrifice. Sacrifice in that perhaps we do not have the excess we would enjoy or life to the full so that another can be sustained. That is not so easy. If fact, many will not even give if they have an abundance. “Let them earn what they need!” I’ve been guilty of saying that myself. Truth is we do not know the circumstance of someone’s need, nor is it any of our concern. Our concern is to make sure they are taken care of according to God’s word. (again, I am not pointing fingers here. I am terrible at this part)

The verses express how much honor and praise will be given to God on account of your sacrifices. And by declaring your gift in God’s name and attributing it to his glory, you yourself will be uplifted to God. Pretty sweet reward for what is often a small or insignificant sacrifice to us. But knowing how hard it is for us to sacrifice even a little. A few dollars here. A little bit of time there. Think about the sacrifice God made for us. The gift he bestowed on us when we were in the world. Unworthy of the crumbs from his table, yet he sent his son. The only true and perfect being ever to grace this planet to live as one of us, face sin and temptation, and to suffer and die at our hands as a living sacrifice for our sin that we may have eternal life with him.

Well if others will give thanks to God for small sacrifices on our part and lift our name up to him for doing his wishes, should we not be overflowing with thankfulness and gratitude at the magnitude of the sacrifice he made for us?


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