By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. Psalms 16:5
Read: Philippians 1:19-21
In the devotional of July 4, we saw from John 6:5-13, a young boy offering his lunch to Jesus. It was inferred that at the end of the day people would have helped him take home the 12 baskets of remains from what he gave. One lesson here is that while some giving may take some time to give its yield, some others can give immediate yields. This boy’s gift got immediate returns. But note that the boy’s giving was sacrificial. He had just his lunch when he went with the crowd to listen to Jesus. When the Lord needed food, he decided to fast – to go hungry so that somebody else – even if it is one person, could have something to eat. He did not share his meal; he gave it all like the poor widow did with her mite. Sacrificial giving is what brings out the extreme giving qualities of God. In 1 Kings 17:8-16, God turned the last meal of an extremely needy widow into long-lasting supply but remember the widow first surrendered her last meal. She had the choice of eating her last meal and facing death or sacrificing her last meal to live. She chose right. Many people have found themselves in a similar state as this widow but their momentary, fleshly pleasure did not let them choose right, hence they plunged themselves into more misery, thereby losing what God had reserved for them.
A lot has to do with your decision. God may tell you what to do but He will not force you to do it. A right decision is a right decision and a wrong decision is wrong irrespective of the circumstance or excuses that are advanced. Ask God for grace to take the right decision always no matter its immediate effect on you and your family. Sacrifice is a step in the right direction. Romans 12:1 says you should lay your entire life, achievement, family and plans upon the altar of sacrifice. Paul says if I will live at all it is to live for Christ and if He wants me to die, there is even greater gain for me (Philippians 1:21). That means either way, I am a winner. You too can win either way. According to 2 Corinthians 9:6, to get God’s best, give bountifully. The ultimate of giving bountifully is when you give everything including yourself. If you do this, He will respond and say: “From today whatever I have is now yours”. Yes, God can be your portion!
The sacrifice to make God your portion may be enormous but cannot be compared with the unending flow of blessings that will follow.
Bible in one year: Luke 10-13