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Show Me Love, Not Gifts
by Jenny on May 10th, 2016

"I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know Me more than I want burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6

Large families make birthdays fun. To keep things affordable we allow our children to purchase birthday gifts, if they so desire, from a dollar store. Normally we encourage them to buy just one thing for the birthday honoree, but yesterday I received more gifts than I have children. My birthday loot included socks, hair clippies, a pedicure set, a new water bottle, salad tongs, a new cheese grater and a candy bar.  I didn't ask for any of these gifts. My children simply wanted to shower me with these things, and it blessed me as I considered the thought process behind each gift.

Then my children spent the rest of my birthday arguing with each other and complaining about their schoolwork.

One of my children failed to complete her reading assignment for the day because I refuse to work with them when they attempt to read through gritted teeth (you homeschool mamas know what I'm talking about!).

My children were generous with their gifts. But I would have enjoyed it more if they would have simply loved.

I don't share this news to shame my children--they are my children and I love them dearly. We ALL have days like this. But as in many times past the experience with my children helped me to better understand the desires our Father has for His children--you and me.

In the book of Hosea God tells His people, "I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know Me more than I want burnt offerings." (Hosea 6:6)

Throughout the Old Testament God's people continued to offer sacrifices, as was required of God's people before Jesus arrived on the scene. But God's people offered sacrifices in the wrong spirit. They served God out of a sense of duty, not out of genuine love for Him.

God does not need anything from us. God does not need our tithe, our platitudes, our presence at a Sunday morning worship service.

One of my greatest discoveries in life was realizing that God made me for a purpose, and that He gave me a gift, a talent, the ability to do something well.

But God doesn't even want my spiritual gift, at least not first.

God wants our hearts.

He wants our affection.

He wants us to love each other because each of us are created in His image.

God wants us to love our children when they act unlovable. God wants us to forgive our spouse when they fail. God wants us to go the extra mile for those who oppress us. God wants us to want Him.

"'What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?'says the Lord. 'I am sick of your burnt offerings . . .. When you come to worship Me, who asked you to parade through My courts with all your ceremony? Stop bringing Me your meaningless gifts; I want no more of your pious meetings.'" (Isaiah 1:11-13)

God wants us to--

Learn to do good.

Seek justice.

Help the oppressed.

Defend the cause of orphans.

Fight for the rights of widows.'" (Isaiah 1:17)


Gift giving proves easy. It doesn't even have to require much funds. Loving your neighbor--or your brother and sister--as yourself proves much more difficult, and often times much more costly. But with God, all things are possible (Luke 1:37).

Human love only goes so far. God's love never fails (Lamentations 3:22). Only when I allow God to fill me with His love am I able to love Him and to love others the way His heart desires.

And on a separate note, I am praying through dissolving Crossing Your Jordan ministries at the end of this month. Oh, I will still write. I simply feel the desire to lay all things down and follow my Lord with reckless abandon as He leads. No official ministry name, just me.


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Christy Miller - May 10th, 2016 at 11:56 AM
Awhh! I am sad to hear that but I know your earnest compel will lead you to the right place--just wanted you to know how much your ministry has meant to many that I have shared it with. I have often expressed many times I don't know how you get all you do --done! I will also keep you in my prayers that the path God has prepared for you will be clear and calm. I have no doubt He will speak to your heart and you will obey as always. Love ya--Christy (Grammy & MIL)
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