By Mouka Lazarus
I Samuel 2:30 says: ”Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed”.
The injunction of the Lord is that we must honour Him before He promotes us and many have followed this principle and have become great in life. In the case of King David, he dared his life, fought and killed an uncircum-cised Philistine giant, Goliath, for insulting God’s people, thus he was made a king.
God blessed Solomon with wis-dom and wealth because he made a sacrifice of a thousand burnt offerings. We should know that sacrifice evokes the spirit of covenant blessing. Whenever one makes a sacrifice toward God’s work, it surely attracts the attent-ion of God who appreciates the good work with a blessing even more than the measure of the sacrifice.
I King 3:3-5 says: ”And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. Solomon asks for wisdom. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.”
Solomon’s sacrifice was not some-thing to be ignored by the right-eous God seeing it came from a righteous mind for no record of such volume of sacrifice was recorded till then. Not that God was indebted to him for his sacri-fices, but thus he would testify his acceptance and appreciative of them.
And as would be expected God appeared and asked him to make request of his wishes. And so, Solomon was blessed with wis-dom, understanding, riches and honour far above what he bargained. Wherever sacrifices are made, there God meets us and blesses us. I want you to under-stand that the same God that blessed them is also available for you. He has not changed and cannot change His principles. Give out something today and you will attract God’s blessings to yourself in Jesus name. You should not wait until you have the whole world before you can make sacrifice, such mindset rather attracts sanction instead of blessing.
Do not allow your present situat-ion to determine how or what to sacrifice to God. Let your faith be your guide, for whatever that is not by faith pleases not the Lord.
Mark 10:28-30 says: ”Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life”.
Here, we are made to understand that sacrifice attracts dual bless-ings vis-à-vis spiritual and physical. Anything given to Christ will be rewarded in this world and in the life to come. Your service in the church shall never be in vain, your work of evangel-ism or the attention given to the widow and orphanage children particularly in this month of Jubilee for the captives are all sacrifices that shall surely attract the attention of God thus His blessings.
The rewards of Christian self-denial do not terminate in this world but is extended and rolled unendingly into the world to come. No one makes sacrifices or performs labours in obedience to God, and for the purpose of honouring Him, without receiv-ing great benefits in this world, and greater in the world to come.
The church in Philippi gave to Paul the apostle and he made a pronouncement that the Almighty God will supply all their needs and that prophetic blessing followed them accordingly.
God blesses whoever makes a sacrifice to serve him. Nobody has ever followed this divine principle of God and remained without a reward. Testimonies as you have seen and heard abound in the Bible and even in our great ministry. Anything you sow in this life, which is according to the will of God, will surely bring abundant prosperity to your life.
Galatians 6:7 says:”Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”.
What you sow is what you reap. If you sow little, you will reap little, if you sow bountifully, you will reap bountifully, remember ‘seed time shall not cease. When-ever there is an opportunity to give in the house of God, give without wasting time, and our God, the righteous judge, will consider all you have done and honour you.
Whoever that wishes to be hon-oured, exalted or lifted up in any area of life must endeavour to understand this message and begin to apply this principle of the Almighty God.
As long as you go on sowing to the Almighty God, you will never lack in Jesus’ name. Abraham, was blessed: Solomon, Isaac, Jacob and even the Israelites on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land made sacrifices to the Lord and were all blessed abundantly.
What about Moses who forsook the pleasures of Pharaoh and his palace in Egypt and made himself available to the Lord to use him to deliver the Israelites; God honoured him at the end of his life. If you also will pay the price in any area of your calling in the Lord and go on to make sacrifices to him you will surely be honour-ed in this life and in the life to come.
The Israelites, made sacrifices in the wilderness on their journey to the Promised Land and God gave them victories in all their battles. So, if you want to get to the place of honour, then you must humble yourself before him and make sacrifice so He can exalt you and shower you with all heavenly blessings in Jesus name.