Saturday, June 05, 2010

THE JOY OF SACRIFICE


But remember this--if you give little, you will get little. A farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop, but if he plants much, he will reap much.” 2 Cor 9:6 (TLB)
I'd like to suggest that we desperately need to give more and grow more in our lives and our families: the give and grow. Paul's advice to us is simple, found in a two word command and a two word promise.
The command? Plant much! The promise? Reap much! It's the simplest addition: few = small, much = much. It's the simplest agriculture: if you plant a lot of seed you can expect a large harvest. How do we sow with our lives? We can give ourselves in hospitality: opening our home in order to meet people's needs. Or how about ministry: going out from your home to meet people's needs. Or what about stewardship: using the resources God has given to us to bless others. The challenge is clear. We need to plant our lives.
Paul says that we are made rich so that we can be generous. That's an eyeopener!! Our riches are given not primarily to encourage our luxury, but our generosity. God's riches are not an invitation to luxury, there are an opportunity for generosity. We should all carry around stickers that say “opportunity.” Stick them on everything that God places into our hands: our paycheck, our car, our house. Each are an opportunity to praise God, love people and express our faith.
Family discussion question: What do you need to put an “opportunity to praise God” sign on in your mind right now?
Children’s activity: Write “opportunity to praise God” on several 3X5 cards. Ask your kids what to put them on today.

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