And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.
– Hebrews 13:16
What sorts of sacrifices do you make on a regular basis?
I don’t want to brag, but sometimes…
…I sacrifice time I could spend reading a book, so that I can watch tv.
…I sacrifice eating delicious vegetables, so that I can eat more dessert.
…I sacrifice going to the gym, so that I can sleep in.
However, some people make sacrifice that are more serious.
They sacrifice an evening out so that they can finish preparing for the upcoming exam.
They sacrifice their vacation time so that they can get closer to that promotion they want.
They sacrifice time at home so that they can work an extra shift to help pay the bills.
Whether they are major or minor, we all make sacrifices.
And here in Hebrews, the author writes about the kinds of sacrifices that please God.
Sharing with those in need.
In this single verse, we can see that the most important sacrifices that we can make,
are ones that we make for other people.
The times when we give our money to help someone in need.
The times when we give our time to be with someone who needs a friend.
The times when we give ourselves to make a difference in someone’s life.
These are the sacrifices that God wants us to make.
So today, as you read this, ask yourself:
What can I sacrifice for someone else today?
How can I do good?
How can I share with those in need?
Don’t wait until you’ve got everything together for yourself first.
Don’t wait until you’ve done everything that you wanted to do first.
Don’t wait until it’s more convenient to make a sacrifice.
Today, make a sacrifice to help someone else.
Make a difference in someone’s life.
Share with those in need.
Because those are the kinds of sacrifices that matter.
Until I make a sacrifice that matters,