Worship. Sacrifice. As Christians we think of those two words as separate things. However, those two words are deeply connected in both Scripture and life. When we worship we want to declare that God has supreme value to us. We are declaring that He is worth our praise, our attention, and even our lives. When we think of worship, we think of things like singing, praying, reading Scripture and listening to sermons. Do we think of sacrifice?
Sacrifice. That isn’t a popular word today. Sacrifice is something we ask of others, but we rarely ask of ourselves. For those who believe in Jesus, we can come to believe that sacrifices are things of the past. They were done before Christ came to pay for our sin. We tend to think about how those sacrifices point to God’s sacrifice – Jesus. However, offering an animal to God is a very narrow definition of the word sacrifice.
When King David had failed God and God’s people, he begged God to spare them. God stopped His judgment at a man named Araunah’s threshing floor. Although David does offer a traditional sacrifice on the threshing floor, his first concern is not the sacrifice. His first concern is whether or not he gets to pay for the threshing floor. You read that right. He wanted to make sure that he would pay for it. David would not let Araunah give him the land and the oxen. David had to pay for it. No, there was no command from God that said that David had to pay for the land and the animals. David wasn’t satisfying a rule. David was satisfying a desire in his own heart. A desire that we might be lacking today. He wanted to sacrifice. He didn’t just want to offer the animal sacrifice. He also wanted to give up something in order to do it.
It is always like that. We sacrifice for what we believe is worth sacrificing. We sacrifice for our children because they are worth it. We sacrifice for our country when we believe it is worth it. We even sacrifice for our interests or hobbies because to us they are worth it. What does it say when we are willing to sacrifice for God? What does it say when we are resistant to sacrificing for God?
Oh, if only sacrifice would be the hallmark of our life toward God! If only we would so desire to truly give God what He deserves that we would come to Him giving our attention, devotion, treasure, and life. That is what sacrifice really means. Will we give Him that sacrifice? Jesus said it this way, “If anyone would come after Me let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Is that not sacrifice? Doesn’t that mean something? Let’s move our understanding of worship from a Sunday activity to a genuine sacrifice. Will it be our undivided attention? Will it be our time? Will it be our treasure or our abilities? Let us give to God what He is due. What will it be for you?
Something to think about,