It’s so easy to pray for increase and for God to enlarge our territory but how many times do we actually do an inventory of how much we’ve given to God?
We often have a tendency to excuse ourselves from giving our best to God. We use sayings like “Jesus says come as you are” and “God knows my heart” to relinquish ourselves the responsibility of giving God even a fraction of what he deserves. It is true that God knows our hearts, but he also knows our pockets, our schedules and our priorities. God knows how much time we devote to things that do not serve us well. God knows how much money we spend on useless things.
Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship.
Many times the above verse is used to warn us against doing ourselves bodily harm. However, the verse says a lot about what we should be striving toward. As long as we are living, we ought to be sacrificing something out of gratitude for God’s presence in our lives, especially as it applies to mercy and grace. As control freaks, it’s tough for us to sacrifice time and money where we do not see a need. When we feel like we’re doing fine serving in your church and giving our tithes are we really sacrificing? or are we participating in a ritualized routine that doesn’t hold much value to us in the first place?
This is a challenge for us to assess what we’re doing currently and ask what more could we be giving. Where can I sacrifice time, energy, money, etc., to improve my relationship with God and to point others to God’s presence in my life? This is not a call to irresponsibly over compensate. However, this is a call to go deeper in your relationship with God to determine something specific God wants from you and what’s keeping you from giving it.
There’s always room for more.