“I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you; I will praise your name, O LORD, for it is good.”
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
When is a sacrifice not a sacrifice? When it is an offering. Is there anything that would really be considered a sacrifice when it pertains to someone you truly love? Did a father who laid down his life protecting his family make a sacrifice? No. Wouldn’t he joyfully lay down his life as an offering, in order for his family to live? A mother doesn’t really sacrifice her own chance at possessions in order for her children to have good and nice things. It is an honor, a true offering. She joyfully gives up her own pleasure for her children. Likewise, when we truly understand the unlimited love that God has for us, when we taste of the inexhaustible grace and mercy He extends toward us over and over again, how can surrendering ourselves to Him be a sacrifice? No, it is an offering, something we gladly give. This is what David meant when he wrote, “I will sacrifice a voluntary “offering” to you; I will praise your name, O LORD, for it is good.” Likewise, Paul pleads with us to give our very lives as an sacrificial “offering” to our Lord God Almighty. Know that today, as you live your life for Him in a Holy manner, your very act of living for Him is an offering pleasing to Him. You are gladly making an offering to God because of all He means to you. This is the true way to worship Him.
Father, thank You for all that You are and have done for me. Thank You for Your love, mercy and grace that You have freely extended to me. I count it an honor to be loved by You and gladly submit to You as Lord. I come now and offer my life this day and every day to you.
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