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All for Jesus
Offer him there for a burnt offering.
Genesis 22:2
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He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
Jim Elliot

When John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as U. S. President, he finished his speech of acceptance with this challenge to the people: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” He encouraged the people to think of what they could do, what sacrifice they could make, in order to make their country a better place.

The principle of sacrifice is a key one in the Christian experience. Abraham was about to be put to the test: the trial of his faith hinged on demonstrating to God how much he would sacrifice for Him. What a test it was! Abraham was asked to give up his son. Have you noticed how the thing seems to get progressively more difficult? He is to take his son-his only son, the son whom he loves-and offer him up as a burnt offering! Well might the Apostle say, “By faith Abraham… offered up Isaac” (Heb. 11:17), for it is surely one of the great demonstrations of faith in the good purposes of God.

I think we are entitled to conclude that Abraham was ready to make any sacrifice for the Lord. His response indicated that he truly honoured God (v. 12). I almost fear to ask how we measure up. There should be no limit to the sacrifices we are prepared to make for the One who became a sacrifice for us. However, it is perhaps not so much what we give, but what we are prepared to hold back, that is a fair indicator of how we do in this matter. If we would be sure of His smile, we do well to hold nothing back.
Daily devotions are from the book “Footprints of Faith” edited by Dr. Alan Cairns.
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