Our Sacrificial Offerings
Read Psalm Chapter 50
Ps 50:4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that He may judge His people: 5 “Gather to Me My consecrated ones, who made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
There is a beautiful and glorious, happy day coming! In our futures lies a date that will give us greater joy than we have ever experienced before. There is coming a time when God will tell His angels to “gather to Me My consecrated ones, who made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” That includes you and me. Today we are going to look at the idea of what it means that we have made a covenant with God through a sacrifice.
We have studied scripture long enough that we know what sacrifice we will be dependent upon at that time; it is the ultimate sacrifice of Christ, the perfect Innocent Lamb. He is the only sacrifice which is worthy to be counted upon in that great day when all of God’s children are gathered together. Each one of us has accepted the work which Christ completed on that cross. We also have accepted Him as our Savior and accepted His word as being the only source of spiritual truth.
The Old Testament believer presented a different kind of sacrifice than the one we present, according to the law handed down to the people by Moses. The sacrifices they brought to the altar were symbolic of the coming final sacrifice of God’s Son. They could not and did not take away the sins of those who offered their sacrifices. Nevertheless, they were necessary under the law. There was a caveat – the sacrifices had to be accompanied by a heart turned to the Lord.
Ps 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
Aren’t we glad that we do not have to count on bringing any other sacrifice to God, other than the imparted sacrifice of Jesus Christ? We would not be able to present anything else that would suffice. However, it has occurred to me that we should, just as the Old Testament believers did, bring something symbolic to the altar. We don’t have to bring a slaughtered animal. But we can bring some other things to Him. I have rarely thought about that idea. Here are some things that we can bring to Him.
Ro 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Heb 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
1Pe 2:4 As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Are these sacrifices the same as those which were required in the Old Testament? No, but they are very important, nonetheless. Our lives should be a continual sacrifice of these things; not as offerings which symbolize our forgiveness, but as proof of our love and appreciation for what our Savior has done for us. How can any believer, any Christian, fail to respond to Him in this way? We owe Him our broken and contrite hearts, the sacrifice of continual praise, the sacrifice of our bodies to pure living, and anything else which could be aptly counted under the definition of “spiritual sacrifices.”
Shame upon us, that we do not offer spiritual sacrifices to Him every day, in many ways!
Prayer: Savior, I have fallen so far short here. I owe You all these things and much, much more. I owe You everything!!