Summary: everyone of them had the same opportunity to do something extravagant for Jesus, but none of them realized the importance of what was about to happen
Who me, What difference would I make?
Many people have asked that very same question down throughout the ages.
The accuser would have you think, none at all. And if you have to ask yourself that, every time your asked to do something, that’s bigger than you think that you can handle, chances are you’ve never done or attempted the impossible.
You see, when impossible situations are attempted and Gods miraculous capabilities are involved with the outcome.
That’s when the situation becomes memorable!
That’s what memorial day is all about, remembering those who have gave their all,
Who didn’t think about the risk, or what other people might think.
They just put it on the line and the cause became more important than themselves, and they participated into something that became memorable.
Phil. 4:11-13 NKJ
11. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
12. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
The Apostle Paul, had experienced many things throughout his incredible ministry,
I know how to be abased ( which means belittled or degraded), and I know how to abound.
Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
He never let his circumstances decide his participation in any situation,
He gave his all, even though he knew his capabilities were limited,
he also knew that Jesus capabilities were endless,
and as long as he trusted in His strength, there wasn’t anything that he couldn’t do.
He knew about giving, in every cense of the word.
He knew about supply side economics,
Give, trust God and He will supply all the need! Amen?
That’s what he was teaching to the Philippians Church
Phil. 4:14-20 NKJ
14. Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.
15. Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.
16. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.
17. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.
Right there, is the law of reciprocity, the law concerning giving and receiving, that the bible talks about
Luke 6:38 NKJ
38. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
MSG. says it this way,
Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity
There would never be a Memorial Day to be remembered if there had never been Giving involved in it! The Giving is what made it memorable!
Phil 4:18. Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
19. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
20. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
That’s what happens when you give to God!
That’s why we should get excited about every opportunity we have, when it comes to giving to the things of God! Amen?
God loves givers, especially the cheerful ones!
Acts 10:1-4 NKJ
1. There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment,
2. a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.
3. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”
4. And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?”
So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.
When you give, God remembers your prayers and your alms as a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to Him.
When you give, its all part of your Love and Worship that you have for Him,
its all part of your Love that you willingly lay down at His feet and He records it as a memorial unto your account.