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Monday, February 4, 2013

The God of Abundance

Have you made sacrifices to serve God? Give an example. (Serendipity Bible 10th anniversary edition, page 1084). 

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV).

Sacrifice: : something given up or lost ;
LOSS (Merriam-Webster).

As sacrifice often carries the connotation of loss, I must confess that my God does not require of me such sacrifice. For every time I have served my God, it always has resulted in personal gain. This I can state without qualification or exception. 

Commitment carries with it a setting of the face forward. Commitment does not look back. Commitment glories in what is. It does not pine in what could have been. When we with undivided attention serve God, we choose not only a course of action but the values we serve. Since our priorities have been set, there is no regret when other values are not served. Let us say in the early 80s I choose to spend time with the unfortunate. Today there is absolutely no regret that I did not spend that time with a selfish eye cultivating connections with the rich and powerful. Primarily this is due to the fact that any superficial loss incurred was negligible compared to the great personal rewards of loving relationships derived. God always pays back disproportionately to the service given. But I suspect that this is only true of the one true God. False gods I've observed can extract sacrifice with a vengeance.