Our Sacrifices . . .
"Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)
When we sacrifice, we give up something valuable . . . even precious. King David, in bad judgment, had his military commander Joab carry out a census of fighting men in the country. In repentance, David built an altar to offer an atoning sacrifice to God. The site of the altar was at the threshing floor of Araunah, the Jebusite. This location is unique in Bible history in that it was on Mount Mariah where Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac (See Genesis 22:2,9-14), and where Solomon would later build the Temple (See 2 Chronicles 3:1). Araunah gladly offered to provide the site, the fuel, and the sacrificial animals to the King at no cost; however, David responded in a classic Bible verse, "But the king replied to Araunah, 'No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.'" 2 Samuel 24:24 (NIV)
In our lives, we willingly give our time and resources to rearing children, gifting friends, providing for our families, and donating to charitable endeavors of all kinds. What do we sacrifice in gratitude to Jesus who gave His life for our salvation and for an eternity in Heaven?
In Romans 12:1, the Apostle Paul urges readers to offer their bodies (their lives), as living sacrifices in an expression of worship and adoration. This includes the aforementioned, but also it encompasses everything we say and do. Daily activities with the Lord will bless not only those we know and love, but also those who are recipients of the overflow.
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:15-16 (NIV)
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