“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Pet 2:9 NIV)

Christians are New Testament Priests. As priests and Levites, we continually offer sacrifices. (2 Chr 31:2) But unlike the Bible days, we don’t slaughter animals and sprinkle blood. We sacrifice something far more better. (Heb 11:40)

Here are 6 Sacrifices and Offerings that we present to the Lord:

1.    Ourselves

“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.” (Rom 12:1 NIV)
We offer ourselves, our lives to the Lord. This offering is not slaughtered. (Whew!) God wants us alive. He wants our service in physical form.

We live our everyday lives as an offering to the King of kings.

Question: How do you serve God?

2.    Praise

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess his name.” (Heb 13:15 NIV) 

Praise is a small part of worship. Praise is not ‘fast songs,’ and worship is not ‘slow songs’ – we have no Scriptural basis for these.

The Greek word for ‘praise’ in this text is a ‘thank offering.’ It has the concept of a verbal and audible expression. This ‘praise’ could be in singing form, or just simply telling God how wonderful He is.

It is also important to note that the ‘sacrifice’ in this text is not something ‘burdensome.’ It is never a burden to thank God for saving us every waking moment! On the contrary, we praise God with effort and not half-hearted. We mean every word we say, and we say it with passion.

3.    Doing Good

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Heb 13:16 NIV) 

We tend to forget to do good. We need to be reminded. Apart from ‘doing  good’ as part of our reflex, we should also extend our help to other people beyond our arm’s reach. Let us get out of our way and do good for other people.

4.    Sharing

We also tend to forget to share. It’s easy to share to those we see around us. But it would take another level to share to those far away. Be intentional.

5.    Presenting Unbelievers

“I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me {16} to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.” (Rom 15:15-16 NIV)

Soul-winning. Evangelism. Every time we share the Gospel to the lost and they turn to God, we bring the Lord a precious offering.

It is important to note that the Greek word used for ‘minister’ is the derivative of the word ‘liturgy.’ Our public worship is not only done in church, but out there in the streets.

Question: When was the last time you shared your testimony?

6.    Offering Money

“At the moment I have all I need--more than I need! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable to God and pleases him.” (Phil 4:18 NLT) 

When we plant our seed in God’s house, not only do we receive a harvest, but we worship God with the equivalent of our hourly, daily and weekly toil. After returning to Him the tithe, we bring a love-gift, a generous amount that is pleasing to God. The Owner of everything does not need our money, but when we give to finance His work, He returns to us so much more.

The Lord intends this worship routine to be continuous and on-going. (Jer 33:17-18)When we do these things, only then can we live our lives to the fullest.

(Inspired by BSS)

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