A Better Possession
Faith is the fuel for joyful sacrifice. It enables us to see the reward that comes from sowing generously as supremely satisfying, delightful, and desirable. Joyful sacrifice is fueled by faith in a better possession.
We must be motivated by pursuing our joy and delight in the reward of what is promised. We obey; we sacrifice; we endure; we persevere; and we love because we are moved and driven by lasting joy.
The recipients of the book of Hebrews serve as an excellent example of joyful sacrifice fueled by faith and delight in a better possession. Hebrews 10:34 states:
“For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.”
The motivation for their sacrifice was not a blind leap into the unknown. By faith, they were certain of the reward set before them. They chose to part with their property knowing that, by their sacrifice, they would possess something better; something unfading; something eternal; something infinitely satisfying.
We are reminded that this decision to live for an eternal reward is wise indeed. Jim Elliot famously said, “He is no fool to lose what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Further, it is true that living for eternal joy can hardly be called a sacrifice. Hudson Taylor, at the end of a life full of suffering and trial, said, “I never made a sacrifice.”
As we begin the Capital Campaign, we want to remember why we give and sacrifice and serve. We do so because our money and earthly goods are not our treasure. We give with joy because we are laying hold of the better reward promised to us. We joyfully sacrifice because we want a better possession.