May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah Psalms 20:3
The greatest sacrifice will reap the sweetest reward.
The book of Leviticus says that the sacrifice was placed on the altar and consumed by the fire of God. Whatever we give to God (offering or sacrifice) has to be accepted by Him.
The Lord has a way of doing things and He is worthy to be honored. If we do not obey God’s way of doing things, He wont accept them whether we are being obedient or not! He’ll reject our offering, sacrifice, worship, preaching, etc.
Abel’s offering was accepted but Cain’s was rejected. Cain gave God his offering in a ‘whatever’ way, he just grabbed some plants and grains and brought them before God. Abel actually thought about what he would bring to God, he searched for a good offering that would please God. When we obey God but do so with a whatever attitude, a “I’ll check this off my list” type of thing or “wing it” for God… we are not giving Him excellence.
Our altars should always have a sacrifice:
- Sacrifice of meals (food/drink)
- Our bodies (living sacrifice)
- Our lips (sacrifice of praise)
- Doing good and sharing with others (our own things, money, food, etc.)
- Our God does not reject a humbled heart and a contrite spirit! Faith pleases God! Our love and honor for Him please Him! These He will not reject!
Thank you Father God for your purifying and humbling work in us. May we all be thoughtful and intentional in all that we do in life, especially as your representatives here on earth. I ask you Lord to guard us from error and from haste. May you open our hearts to discern and know when something doesnt please you. May our prayers and worship be lifted up to your nostrils like sweet perfume. May our altars always be lit, may the fire on our altars never burn out. In Jesus name, Amen.