Do you like your sacrifice rare, medium rare, or well-done? In the Old Testament, God established the sacrificial system as a picture of the forthcoming Lamb of God Who would take away the sins of the world.
God had several requirements before He would accept a sacrifice. These requirements applied both to the offering and the attitude of the heart which offered it.
• The sacrifice was to be prepared in accordance with God’s ordinances.
• It was to be offered in a spirit of humility.
• It was to be given sincerely.
• It was to be offered diligently.
• It was to be presented cheerfully.
• It was to be offered consistently.
• It was to be given with the assurance God had accepted both the person who presented the sacrifice and the work of his hands.
• It was to be given for the glory of God.
Today, God calls us to present our bodies as living sacrifices to Him. It should come as no surprise that He holds the same high standards for our offerings. This means He values both the quality of our sacrifices, as well as of our hearts. We must strive to make sure both are acceptable in His eyes.
It’s not easy to get everything right when we present our gifts to God. For instance, we may offer Him our time in the morning to read our devotions, while at the same time rushing through them so we can get to work. We will fail, but we cannot become so overburdened with getting it right that we neglect our offerings altogether. Pray God would show you how your sacrifice can be declared well-done.
No sacrifice can be too great to make for Him Who gave His life for me. — C.T. Studd
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.