Pastor Tiffany Hollums decided that each day during Lent, she would choose a word to prayerfully reflect upon. A volunteer suggested reading the lectionary texts and then choosing a word that stood out from those passages. She is sharing those reflections here and hopes to inspire our readers to join in her journey.
What does God want me to sacrifice? What could I possibly give that would come close to all God has sacrificed for me? But is that the point?
Could it be that what matters to God is not the specifics of ‘what’ we give, but ‘why’ we give. What is our heart motivation? Did Cain really give freely to God? Or was Cain upset because the offering was for Cain rather than for God?
God knows why we give what we give (or don’t give, for that matter). We can’t stand and wait to see what everyone around us is giving. God wants the first fruits of our heart-the very best we have regardless of how it might compare with others sacrifices. God is focused on our ‘why’. Our heart.
What can you give to God this season that truly comes from your love of God?