A Living Sacrifice for the Greatest Joy
And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away. Nehemiah 12:43
This is a bit of an obscure verse in the backpages of Nehemiah. But it gives us reason to pause. Recall that when a burnt offering sacrifice was given, it was lost to the giver. That is, it was handed over to the Lord and literally completely up in smoke. From the instructions given to Moses(1) we learn a sacrifice offering must be given to the Lord voluntarily and out of gratitude.
The people under Nehemiah were given the gift of security from the Lord. They gave of the their resources to make God renown in all the earth. The amount of sacrifice was small compared to their great joy.
When you give to the Lord, how great is your sacrifice of treasure, time and talent? Is it with all your strength? We are called to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice(2). This is a call to give the best of what we have to offer to the Lord. This sacrifice to the Lord should be out of great thanksgiving. It is giving, losing for Him, our time, voluntarily giving away our skills and loosely holding our earthly wealth to make a kingdom difference. There will be great joy when at the end of your days. You will see what treasures you have laid up in Heaven to lay at the feet of Jesus. My your joy be great like the people under Nehemiah.
Make your joy overflowing by seeing how the Lord can use you to make a difference among the nations. How? Engage in the next steps at missionnext.org at your pace. Now is a good time to start.
(1) Leviticus 1; (2) Romans 12:1
Nelson Malwitz, Founder
Nelson Malwitz, Founder Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. A retired Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) in what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. He has been in 45 countries to work with leaders of leaders and see multiple cultures first hand.