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GOD’S OPTIONS

Leviticus 12:8 “‘But if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, the one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.'”

HE MEETS US WHERE WE ARE

 This may seem trivial to you today.  This chapter deals with the purification of a woman after childbirth.  The sacrifice was different depending on whether she had a son or a daughter.  But the part that hit me was the concession the Lord made if she could not afford a lamb to sacrifice.  He allowed two birds which would have been much cheaper.

Now the “cheaper” sacrifice didn’t make the sacrifice cheap.  It just made it more affordable.  God isn’t interested so much in the cost of our sacrifice as He is in the heart of our sacrifice.  The woman with less could still give the sacrifice that was appropriate.  God always accepts us right where we are.

TEACHING MOMENT

 Children love to give to others, at least most do. Sometimes they want to give much more than they are able.  That’s okay, but we need to steer them toward giving according to their means.  Giving more than they can afford could become a burden and lead to resentment.  We certainly don’t want that.

We should teach them to give to the Lord in the same way.  There may be a time, though, when the Lord asks them to give sacrificially.  He may ask them to give up something for Him. That brings a whole other kind of reaction.  That can truly be joyous.  Just teach them to give.

What has the Lord asked you to give today?  Is there something He has asked you to sacrifice? Can you do it?  Give it to the Lord.  Just give.  He can take your gift and multiply it.  Give as He would have you give, not how you want to.  Giving is a privilege.  Enjoy it.

Lord, thank You for allowing me to give.  Thank You for blessing me with the ability to give.  Let me be that role model of giving for my children.

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