Friday, May 06, 2016

Sarah: Giving It Up for God

     And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Romans 12:1
            Abraham and Sarah received their promised child after a very long wait. They loved their son, Isaac. Then they faced the biggest test of all. God told Abraham "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about." (Genesis 22:2)
            Can you imagine how Abraham must have felt? He and Sarah had waited for decades to have this baby. When Sarah couldn’t get pregnant, Abraham tried having children with another woman, but that was not the special child God had promised. Now Abraham and Sarah finally had a child and God wanted them to give him up. Abraham could have argued with God. He could have refused. But Abraham did as God said and took Isaac to Moriah.

The story has a happy ending. God didn't allow Abraham to offer Isaac as a human sacrifice. God just wanted to know that Abraham was willing to do whatever he asked. God provided a ram for Abraham to sacrifice instead.
            Where was Sarah when all this was going on? The Bible doesn't say. She may have been in on the decision to obey God, or it may have been Abraham's test alone. But we can assume that Sarah walked in faith and obedience to God just as Abraham did.
            God doesn't require animal sacrifices any more, but he does ask us to sacrifice ourselves to him. We do that by being willing to give up activities and possessions if he asks us too and being willing to give up our own plans for his. He doesn't ask this to make us unhappy but because his plans are better than anything we could plan for ourselves.
Thinking it Through
God wants you to daily put aside your own desires for his. Your talents, energy and possessions should be given over to him for him to use to carry out his plan in your life. Giving them over to him doesn't mean that he will ask you to give them up. Sure, he might do that. But he’s the one who gave you those talents in the first place, so he may use the things you are passionate about to carry out his plans.

What might it look like for you to give your talents and possessions over to God?
You can read more about Sarah and the other women of the Bible in The One Year Devotions for Girls: Starring Women of the Bible. Check your local Christian bookstore, and if they don't have it, order it HERE

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