I used to joke about what I had to give up when we first had children. With the first child, it was softball, with the second it was trapshooting, and with the third child it was “everything else.” Insignificant activities, but nonetheless things I enjoyed. So why did I make these choices? Because it was more important to spend time with my children building relationships and helping them grow.
Sacrificial giving is when we make a choice to give our time or resources to something or someone else for the sake of a better cause. It is an element of the many choices we make each day:
- Being close to God – sacrifice
- Building a strong marriage – sacrifice
- Raising children – sacrifice
- Helping someone in need – sacrifice
- Being humble – sacrifice
Yet, sacrificial giving is not always easy. Sometimes it requires us to give up what we know and love, for something we know very little about. There’s a country song by Joe Diffie with the lyrics
Lord, I want to go to heaven but I don’t want to go tonight.
Of course, heaven is a place we want to go, but there is some uncertainty of exactly what it will like, and it’s hard to think about all we’d be giving up here on earth. Sometimes we don’t know exactly what will come from giving of our time or resources, but need to have faith that it is advancing God’s kingdom.
As we journey through Lent, consider the choices you might be able to make to give of your time or resources to further Zion’s mission to share Christ’s word, strengthen faith, and serve those in need. And let us not forget the sacrifice God made for us:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16