Our key text for today comes out of Proverbs 21:27 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he bringeth it with a wicked mind!
In the times of the old testament, God required man to make animal sacrifices to Him. When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, however, the shedding of His pure blood was the final blood sacrifice on behalf of mankind. That said, there are other forms of sacrifice that the Lord asks believers to make for His sake. For example, we are to give up some of our time in order to dedicate it to studying God’s Word and to help others. We are to sacrifice our pride and trade it in for a spirit of humility in acknowledgement that we are nothing without God. We are to sacrifice ten percent of our income and give it back to the Lord as an offering of gratitude. These are just a few examples of sacrifices we make in order to please our Lord, but the scriptures tell us that they are detested by God if our hearts are in the wrong place. For instance, yes, it is good to take time out of your day to read the Bible, but if your mind is on the TV show you’re missing, your sacrifice is frowned upon by God. Likewise, yes, the Bible tell us to pay our tithes, but God is not pleased with your ten percent sacrificial offering if you are giving it grudingly.
What’s the big picture here? No matter what you do for Christ, make sure you do it with an eager, joyful spirit.
Have a blessed day!
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