Reading the Book of Leviticus, one can’t miss the abundance of sacrifices that Old Testament Israel was called to complete at the Tabernacle and later the temple in Jerusalem.
Millions of animals were sacrificed over the centuries, as was thousands of tons of bread and grains and who knows how many gallons of olive oil…
Yet, no Old Testament priest perhaps ever conducted ritual sacrifices as much as you and I are called to perform daily sacrifices.
Check out these passages from Psalm 50 and you’ll see what I mean:
“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on Me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give Me glory.” (vv. 14-15)
“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors Me. If you keep to My path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” (verse 23)
Every time we think or speak a sincere word of thanks to God, we are making a pleasing sacrifice to the Most High.
Giving thanks is something that truly honors God. If we link that praise with our walking the proper path of faith, God promises rescue from earthly trouble and eternal salvation for us.
My goodness…. each time I thank God for loving family members or for the blessing of health or for the opportunity to show kindness to others or for the privilege of ministry or for the provision of food and housing or for the merciful, atoning death of Christ or for whatever, I am “sacrificing” to God?
I want to have an even more sacrificial life.
It’s the least I can do for the One who did the most He could do for me.
Please start offering sacrifices of thankfulness throughout the day for all sorts of reasons.
God desires it.
More importantly, He deserves it.
And others might learn from it.
As always, I love you