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Hi y’all. It’s Ann with a question.
What’s the most valuable thing in your life? Take a moment to think about it. Got it? Now… What if God asked you to give that thing or person BACK to Him? Notice I said ‘back.’ James 1:17 says EVERY good and perfect gift comes from God.
Our wealth is a gift from God. Our relationships are a gift from God. Our ministry is a gift from God. Our education is a gift from God. Our children are a gift from God. Everything good that we have comes from God. It belongs to God and so when He asks for it, He is basically asking us to give it back to Him.
Why would God do this? Because He wants to make sure that we are not worshiping the gift more than the ONE who gave it to us.
God promised and delivered a son to Abraham in his old age. And just when Abraham was enjoying Isaac, God told him to sacrifice him. God wanted Him back.
In hindsight after reading the story it becomes evident that God was testing Abraham’s faith and already had a plan in place. But even after knowing that story, are you willing to give God what He’s asking of you?
God is NOT like man. He does not lie (Numbers 23:19). So if God made a promise to you, He will keep it. He will either return it or replace it. And when God replaces, it’s always better than the original.
More than likely, God will not ask any of us to lay our children on the altar. But He might ask you to give up a certain relationship. He may ask you to quit your job and trust Him to be in full time ministry. He might be asking you to release a wayward/rebellious son or daughter into his care by requiring them to leave your house.
Whatever He’s asking – it will be a major sacrifice for YOU. But know that God has a reason for doing everything He does. At the core of who He is, God desires for us to obey and trust Him implicitly.
For some of you reading this post, you already know what God is asking you to give up or give back.
Are you willing/ready to give it up/back?