If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it. Luke 17:33
Our act of worship is no longer to bring a sacrifice, but to be one ourselves. We remain living. It is all of us that is being offered. Worship is about what I say with my tongue. It’s about what I watch… what I think… where I go with my feet.
Life is about struggle, hard work and a bit of sacrifice to attain the best. Nobody like to talk about sacrifice. It even sounds hard. Sacrifice is ‘the offering up of something precious for a cause or a reason’. Love is about sacrificing, because we must compromise with those we love to make it work. Making money is about sacrifice because we need to exchange our time, energy and services, for money. Having a healthy body is sacrificing sweets, and other unhealthy great tasting delights. having an agile and fit body, requires sacrificing sleep and comfort. And so that everything can work out for us, according to God’s plan: we must sacrifice too.
Why sacrifice? We were created with a God-given purpose, but each of us is born with a fault: sin. And sin keeps us from experiencing ALL that God designed for us to experience and do. In the spirit world blood sacrifices are powerful. Blood sacrifices like abortions, self cutting, animal killing, etc. This is weird, I know but it is real: blood is life, it has life energy, power, force. Even demons are invoked when presented with a blood sacrifice. God instituted blood sacrifice, through animals and forbid sacrificial offering of children (which was the custom choice for pagan gods in the bible). God required offerings like incense and blood sacrifices, in exchange for forgiveness. The people who offered sacrifice, were covered by the blood and were set free from the consequences of sin.
Jesus’ sacrificed His life for you. He left FATHER GOD, and His glorious place in heaven, to become a human being in this ugly world. He suffered rejection. Imagine God, the creator of all things seen and unseen, being rejected by His own creation! Beaten, spit on, mocked, hated, and crucified for the very people He created. So in return, to please God we offer our faith and all that He requires for us to give up. The Lord only asks us to give up the bad stuff in our lives; and sometimes it feels impossible or like it is too much to give, because it is attractive to our senses.
- The fruit of our lips: INSTEAD OF LYING, CURSING, GOSSIPING, SWEARING… We should give God a sacrifice of praise (express warm approval or admiration of).
- Sacrifice of your life: INSTEAD OF GIVING OUR LIVES TO SEX, DRUGS AND ANY OTHER THING WE CHOOSE TO…. Let’s present our bodies to God (our time, ambition, possessions, ears, mouths and sexuality, our mind, emotions and attitudes, sleeping, eating, going-to-work, etc. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Romans 12:2 (MSG))
- Love God and Love people: We all put up fronts or masks to protect ourselves, or expect others to cater to us, and even hold people guilty for ever… God wants us to serve others with love (Love is sincere, it is not arrogant, it is not hypocritical and it is not fearful. He wants us to sacrifice our fear. When you know the God has for YOU, it sets YOU free from your limitations and flaws. Sincere love is to take off your mask and reveal who you are to others. God also wants us to stand one another, to be in harmony, to be humble before each other, to be forgiving towards one another).
- The sacrifice of money: Tithes, offering and generosity (10 percent of income, first fruits of increase, voluntary gifts for God’s mission on earth as you experience God’s grace).
Let’s focus on protecting God’s call and anointing, and separate yourself from sin and things which weigh you down. We must exchange a sinful mind, for a renewed mind. We must exchange a rebellious lifestyle, for a lifestyle of repentance. We must sacrifice our own will, and exchange it for God’s perfect will. Let’s focus on the will of God, not the problems. Look for people to help you. Maintain yourself separated for God, sober and connected to God. “He will keep in perfect peace those whose mind is kept on God”.
Lord, I thank you that you do not reject a contrite and humbled heart. Today I stand in the gap for my self, and those reading; may you prepare our bodies to be a sanctuary. As your word says Your will is perfect, it is Good, and it is Pleasing, but in order to get that we must exchange our living bodies as sacrifice. I pray you continue to love us back to life, and restore our minds to a place of humility, of faith and of surrender. may we love others, as you desire. And may those who do not understand monetary offering receive revelation by your spirit and by your ministering angels. May you work all things to GOOD, for those who love you and are called by You according to your purpose. In Jesus name, Amen.