The Blessings of Obedience
As you consider giving this year, I’d like to share what Abraham did in Genesis 12. Abraham was 75 years old. He’s had a nice family and a very comfortable lifestyle! One day God says, “Abraham, I want you to leave your hometown, and I want you to travel to a land that I’m going to show you.”
The Bible says that THE NEXT DAY, Abraham loaded up his family and moved. There’s a principle in this chapter and it’s throughout the Bible. The blessings of God always follow obedience.
In other words, we obey first, and then we’re blessed. You may be thinking, “If God would give me a raise, then I’ll be generous.” Or, “If God would give me a financial blessing, then I’ll obey Him.” That’s not how it works. Hebrews 11:8 says, “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home.”
We by faith obey God, even when it’s tough, even when it’s hard, even when it makes us uncomfortable. That’s how faith works. Abraham went on to become the father of a great nation and God blessed him. In fact, Galatians 3:9 says, “So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.”
None of that would have happened if Abraham hadn’t obeyed God. One of the big reasons we give is to obey God. Even if it makes us uncomfortable, we should be obedient to God. The blessings of God will follow our obedience of God. So before you give, pray and ask God, “What amount do You want me to sacrifice this year?”
In Luke 6:38 Jesus said, “If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you." So, will you obey God and give?