Sowing the Seeds Through Sacrifice

By   •   January 18, 2011

Invest Your Time

These days, almost everyone is short on time. We have more modern-day conveniences than ever, yet we seem to have busier schedules than generations before us. It is easy to fill our lives up with non-essentials to the point that we can no longer tell the difference between essential and non-essential.

This can sometimes give us excuses for not investing our time for the sake of the Gospel. Unless we put our faith into practice–in the form of action–the world cannot see that faith. Even if you have sound doctrine, your faith is not beneficial to the Kingdom of God unless it moves you to action.

Read what James told us about this in chapter 2:14-19 of his letter:

What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

It is easy for us to say we’ll go on that mission trip, or go spend some time working on the local project the church is doing at the soup kitchen. But what if there is no organized group activity? Are our hearts in such a condition that we seek out opportunities to do things that are inconvenient for the sake of the Gospel–even when we don’t have the accountability to participate?

Here are some self-examination questions for us to consider:

  • Do I go out of my way to serve the people who cannot do anything for me?
  • When is the last time I did something in the name of Jesus that truly cost me–be it time, money or social status?
  • Do I serve to feel better about myself, or is it done out of love for Christ?

Invest Your Resources

Perhaps this is what comes to mind when most people think about sacrificial giving–resources, or more simply put–money. One of the most popular examples of sacrificial giving in the Bible is the story of the widow’s mite. Luke 21:1-4 sets the stage for us:

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

It is human nature to feel justified when we mark off things on our “spiritual checklist:”

  • Read the Bible. Check.
  • Pray. Check.
  • Go to church on Sunday. Check.
  • Pay my “dues” in the offering plate or in the mailed envelope to the ministry I support. Check.

Make no mistake–God is honored when we do those things with the right heart. But, are there sacrifices involved when we do them? Rest assured, there is nothing sinful about having possessions. What matters to God is our heart toward our money and our possessions. Do we see them as ours, or as His?

Regardless of how much we give to Kingdom work–whether it is $10 or $10,000–Jesus makes it obvious to us in Luke 21:1-4 that He is most pleased with those who had to sacrifice to give that $10.

What is your “mite?” Are you sowing sacrificially from your resources?

Sow seeds of the Gospel today

Your gift of any size can bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to someone. Will you help?

Invest in Your Own Heart

The greatest thing others need from us is our own personal holiness. We can give out of our wallets until it hurts. We can spend all of our vacation time going on mission trips. However, if our hearts are not pure before the Lord, constantly seeking Him and nourishing our relationship with Him, we are not equipped to be His hands and feet.

Proverbs 4:23 explains this principle very simply: Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.

The most valuable thing we can sow into the world’s soil is the love of Jesus. How present is it in your life? We cannot pass on to others what we do not already possess. Invest in your heart through cultivating purity. This could mean making a stronger effort to be in God’s Word on a daily basis. It may mean inviting others to hold you accountable for your spiritual growth. Perhaps you feel a tug to spend more time in concentrated prayer over a particular matter.

God calls some to go on the mission field. He provides a material abundance to others so that they can give more resources to the Kingdom. But He calls us all to have holy lives–the most effective way to sow seeds of the Gospel.

All Scripture references are taken from the New American Standard Bible.

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37 Comments

  1. Emebet says:

    It is good news for me. Lets pray for each other and Love each other as Christ loves us. We are his Ambassador, let,'s carry his news and share for others. Thank you

  2. MA says:

    Yes, a revival for the next decade. I will pray, thank you.

  3. Jassy says:

    God is calling a body of believers to step out and fight for this gospel. We have been wishy washy and lukewarm for too long. It is time!!! For the end is near and it is time to go!!!!

  4. Cynthia says:

    I am reminded of a wooden banner over a church doorway, seen only as you leave the building. It reads…”You are Now Entering the Mission Field.”

  5. Ruth says:

    Thanks for the message; I needed it so…

  6. Marie says:

    The Food Pantry in all areas need food for the poor. This is one way we all can help. If it is only one can food, it will be such a blessing to the one that receives it, but also a blessing in our own hearts.

  7. Belinda says:

    Our church is having a difficult time keeping up with the budget due to economy, etc. People cannot give due to loss of jobs, etc. But we can give what we can and He will bless it.

  8. Holly says:

    Amen! I am praying for a great revival in our country; I believe we need it now more than ever. None of the above is truly meaningful to God unless we have first given our lives to Christ- and then there are no limits to the depths of His goodness in all that we give and accomplish.

  9. Glory :)) says:

    Thank you for a timely message! God bless…

  10. Billy says:

    Great message, all Christians need to do this if we are to see a revival. Please join me in praying for one last great revival in the next decade. Thank you.