19th DECEMBER 2021
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16 NIV
A common practice of the early church in seeking the welfare of each other was to sell their property to provide for those in need. God always meets the needs of men through other men, who become channels of His blessings. In a family, it is unacceptable and immoral to pretend to be blind to the needs of others.
One of God’s principal purposes for establishing the family system is the ability to care and provide support for each other in times of weakness or need. At the centre of every family that thrives is love, which cannot be isolated from generous giving.
Our Father, the originator of all families, exemplified this kind of love perfectly by giving us His only-begotten son because the world was in need of a Saviour. We also as members of God’s family must actively look out for and seek to meet the needs of our brethren. God is pleased with such sacrifices because such generous giving brings Him glory.
It is important to note that we must not only do good to members of our immediate biological families but also to those of our spiritual families. God is our father and all His children belong to His universal family.
Giving to others may not always be convenient. We may have to sacrifice some ‘luxuries’ or give up some ‘comfort’ for the benefit of our brother in need. For example, we can forfeit the extra pair of shoes so that our neighbour can also smile at Christmas. Our opening scripture refers to such giving as ‘sacrifices’ because we may have to put others first. In this season and beyond, may the love and sacrifice of Christ spur us on to do good and to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us Your son. I pray that You use me as a channel of blessing to meet the needs of others. Help me to make sacrifices so that the needs of others will be met, in Jesus’ name. Amen
Further Reading: 1 John 3:16, Acts 2:44–46
Prophetic Declaration: Psalms 91