KEY SCRIPTURE :1Kings 3:4 KJV “And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.”
Solomon made an extravagant sacrifice unto the Lord. He gave a thousand burnt sacrifices unto the Lord. The verse preceding this key scripture said, and Solomon loved the Lord. One may give without love, yet you cannot love without giving. Ministry is all about receiving God’s approval or endorsement on you. Solomon through his great sacrificial giving attracted the presence of God to furnish him with all he needed to succeed as a king. 1Kings 3:5 KJV” In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee”.
The Lord responded to Solomon’s generosity with a limitless request form to him. He asked him, whatever you desire, ask me and I will do it for you Dear ministers and children of God, I believe many crying and agony for certain things would cease if we would cheerfully make generous sacrifices to God. The truth is that most people don’t sincerely love the Lord. They would rather use God to achieve the things they want. This is the wrong order, and a very selfish approach. It is also an insult unto God. God must rather use us to get what He wants.
In ministry, one always needs a divine touch. Sacrificial giving is one of the ways to attract God’s manifested presence to your life. There are certain ministers who are just expecting their members to be giving. They do not give offerings nor pay their tithe. Even if they are to give any offerings at all, it is just the leftovers. You are unfortunately deceiving your very self. Dear Minister or child of God, you have an option to permit God’s manifested presence to be with you, by making some lovingly ‘brutal’ offerings or sacrifices to God. The next verse tells us the effect of a bountiful sacrificial giving to us. 2Corinth 9:8 KJV” And God is able to make all grace abound towards you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work”
I love the Lord. All that I have is His. I joyfully and bountifully give to Him. I have His approval on my life. I do not lack any good thing. His divine presence is always with me. Thank you, Lord.
2 Corinth 9:6-8 KJV” But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.