1565HOW WOULD YOU APPRECIATE GOD?
- Mar 1, 2008Dearly Beloved,
HOW WOULD YOU APPRECIATE GOD?
"Then the LORD said to Moses, 'When you take a census of the
Israelites to count them, each one must pay the LORD a ransom for his
life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when
you number them'" (Exodus 30:11-12, NIV).
As the people of Israel were coming out of slavery in the land of
Egypt, God gave them many laws that would guide them as a peculiar
nation to Him. Among these laws was the atonement money to be paid to
the sanctuary when men from twenty years and above were being counted
as part of the military force. In contrast to other offerings, the
rich were not to give more, nor the poor less (verse 15). This was to
point out that the souls of the rich and poor are alike precious, and
that God is no respecter of persons. This particular offering was to
be paid as a ransom of the soul, so that "plague will come on them".
Thus they acknowledged that they received their lives from God, that
they had surrendered their lives to Him, and that they depended upon
His power and patience for the continuance of them; and hence, they
did homage to the God of their lives.
Most of these laws including this one are not applicable to us today
because we are not under the law but under the grace of God. However,
there is a lesson for us today from such law: we owe God our lives,
and we have to be appreciating Him for the gift of life He has given
us. Giving of money to the cause of the gospel is just one of the
numerous ways to appreciate God for our lives. The most important
appreciation we can give God is our life. This was what the Macedonian
churches did. "They gave themselves first to the Lord..." (2
Corinthians 8:1, 5, NIV). Then, they did other kinds of giving to
How would you appreciate God for your life? What would you use to
appreciate God for everything He is doing in your life? While many
ministers of God would emphasize giving of money, have you considered
firstly giving of your whole life back unto Him as your appreciation
for that life? He deserves nothing less than that from you. Only an
ingrate and a fool will disregard God and do not appreciate Him for
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
+234 805 515 9591
"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will
have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted
in my body, whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST
AND TO DIE IS GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).