In Christ, we have the major sacrifice done for us. However, the minor sacrifice is still our responsibility today. Many Christians do not know that.
An offering to the Lord is to give what pleases the Almighty God most.
Sacrifice is an offering given in an act of slaughtering or surrendering by the one who is doing the contribution. In the Old and New Testaments, we are told to give a daily sacrifice to God. This is a perpetual offering to Him. What offers have you given lately? Selah. Your life must be in a state of abandonment.
“Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying (Romans 13:13).”
Why my Brothers and Sisters? Because practicing sin is keeping us from God and in this life. I know we will have temptations, tests, and trials to overcome. No one is perfect and we will all sin at some point. The Lord knows this! In Christ Jesus, we have Him to help us daily (see 1 John 2) to walk honestly. If you have not asked for forgiveness from the things you have done wrong, knowingly as well, God’s way, you cannot approach the presence of God. No one can take God’s love for us for granted – You know, His grace and mercy! You must have clean hands and pure heart (Psalm 24:4); those who do not practice dishonesty and use their lying lips for reproach. Our salvation is freely given only through the sacrificial lamb. If you confess Christ Jesus into your heart there’s no need for a sin sacrifice from the Old Testament Convenant (Hebrews 10:18). You are to give worship in an acceptable manner, or God will not accept it . For example, He does not hear everybody’s prayers (Isaiah 59:2), receives disrespectful gifts (Genesis 4:5), or does futile worship (Matthew 15:9; Colossians 2:22-23).
What sacrifices we are told to give in the new covenant dispensation? Let’s read to understand what Jesus said to the Pharisees in Matthew 9:13, “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Have we learned this truth today: “I will have mercy, and not sacrifice?” Will we continue to be religious or not? I hope not. We are to show mercy to ourselves and others. There’s anything that we can do for ourselves, but to walk in love according to Mark 12:33, “And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Christ offered for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for our sins (Hebrews 10:10). And now, we have access to communicate with God (Ephesians 2:18), our Heavenly Father, to worship Him correctly (Romans 5:2). This is our opportunity through Him, we can have genuine spiritual worship and to have a sacrificial life.
Simply put: We are to walk in the love of God (2 Thessalonians 3:5)! Your life is that daily sacrificial offering. Just because you confess Jesus Christ, doesn’t mean anything without walking in the spirit daily (James 2:17). Both must work together until the end of the age.
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”Galatians 2:16 KJV
To help us follow this command see the chart below:
A comparison between the Old and New Testament Sacrifices
“For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:”Hebrews 5:1 KJV
“And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:”1 King 2:3 KJV
Believe in things to come about the Messiah
Worship in the Tabernacle (Exodus 25-40)
You must be sanctified before the Lord (Leviticus 10:3)
- God must be sanctified in those who come before Him (Exodus 19:22; Leviticus 21:8). a. Make a difference between holy and unholy b. Make a difference between clean and unclean.
- God must be glorified before His people (Leviticus 9:5).
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah (Jeremiah 31:31):” After all, the Temple’s veil torn for access to God’s presence (Matthew 27:51; Hebrews 10:20)
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”James 2:10 KJV
“And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”Hebrews 12:24
Understand and walk in things given from Christ
Worship from within Your Body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
You must be sanctified before the Lord
- God must be sanctified in those who come before Him (Acts 26:18; Romans 15:16). a. Make a difference between holy and unholy b. Make a difference between clean and unclean.
- God must be glorified before His people (1 Timothy 4:5-7; John 17:19; Acts 20:32).
Now, Worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24)
- Voluntary / fragrant offering (Romans 6:13,19).
- Living sacrifice (Romans 12:1) a. What Jesus has done for you? (John 3:16-17; Romans 3:25).
- Taking the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:26)
- Obeying God’s Commands a. Your Thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5) and Denying oneself from the world influences (Hebrews 13:15-16; 1 Peter 1:2 ).
- Walk by faith and by the spirit (Romans 8:1;Galatians 5:16, 25;2 Corinthians 5:20;Ephesians 6:20)
- Live by Faith (Romans 1:17; 3:28, 30; 5:1; 14:23b)
- Repentance by us through prayers (1 John 1:9)
- Forgiveness by us towards others ( Matthew 6:15; Luke 6:27; 1 John 2:9,11; 4:20)
“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”James 2:24 KJV
My brother or sister in Christ, you are saved by what you do, as well as by what you believe. The act of obedience reveals faith. Make a decision to daily sacrifice, and be thy approved unto God. I encourage you to serve God on His terms, and not how you see or feel it. If you do things your way, you know it is unacceptable worship.
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