2 Kings 3:4—Mesha king of Moab was a sheep master and paid tribute, and rendered unto the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs and an hundred thousand rams, with the wool. (KJV)
Hundreds of them dotted the fields like so many giant snowballs. Fluffy and full most times, in shearing season they lose their size, while the farmer fills his pocket book with the income from the sheared wool. Those sheep live because they provide a steady income for their owner.
Mesha, the king of Moab, surely would have liked to clip his sheep before he sent them over the hills to the king of Israel, but the agreement said clearly that they had to show up with the wool. It was a package deal.
Too bad our obedience to God isn’t always so complete. God says “honour me with your tithes and offerings” and we say, “When I can afford it.” God says “Give me your whole heart”, and we say, “I just want this little tiny corner for myself.” God says “Come and spend some time with me today.” and we say, “Later, Okay?”
Oh, to realize that when we ask Jesus into our lives, we are in a package deal! Will we show up with wool attached? Will we give every part of ourselves to our new Master?
Prayer: Lord, we choose today to give You every part of ourselves. We used to be content with just being Your sheep, but now, Lord, we give you our wool too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.