Nehemiah 12:43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.Introductory Thoughts
Any man desiring to know the motive of his sacrifices should consider the companions of his sacrifices. If a man offers a sacrifice followed by sorrow or regret, his motive was surely wrong. For instance, some people answer the call to give financially in a time of need. They sacrifice, but frustration accompanies their sacrifice because of the loss of money. This reaction should not and will not accompany godly sacrifice given with godly motives. One who sacrifices to the Lord from a godly motive will find joy and peace accompanying his sacrifice. When God works in an individual’s heart, encouraging a sacrifice, the heart rejoices at the opportunity to be obedient and declare one’s love for a holy God.
• (For children): The apostles were willing to sacrifice their own comfort and lives to do what God wanted them to do—preach the gospel. They did this with joy even under difficult circumstances. Read Acts 5:38-42; Acts 16:22-25; Acts 20:22-24.
• (For everyone): What accompanies your sacrifices unto the Lord? What follows when you witness for the Lord? What follows when you give financially to a need?
• Do you have joy in your heart as you serve the Lord? Do you have peace knowing you are giving the Lord the sacrifices He deserves?
• Ask the Lord to give you joy in sacrificing unto Him.
• Ask God to help your sacrifices to bring joy to others as well.