Monday, May 19, 2014

Sacrifice and Obedience

Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.
13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;
14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.
2 Chronicles 5:6,13,14
Three thousand years ago, when Solomon dedicated the Temple to God, the priests offered up thousands of sacrifices. After the sacrifices were offered up — then the glory of God fell! The glory of God was so thick and heavy that the priests could no longer minister! Do you see the connection? First the offerings — THEN the glory fell!
But this reality is not found only in the Old Covenant; it's also in the New Covenant. After Jesus was sacrificed as the offering for the sins of the world at Calvary — THEN came the resurrection, the Son of God, risen and glorified! So clearly, there’s an integral relationship between sacrifice and glory!
Can we see this relationship still operating even today? I believe we can. When we offer our bodies as living sacrifices; our future, our plans, our possessions and our lives, to the Lord–His glory begins to be revealed as His Spirit works in and through us. Called by Him to be more and more like Christ, the people of God should be a people of sacrifice. Do you want to see the glory of God filling every aspect of your life? Then lay your life upon the altar in surrender to His perfect will–you will watch in amazement as He takes your offering and turns it to a beautiful testimony of His glory!

Obedience is better than sacrifice.
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22
In our obedience to the Lord, we are sacrificing our sinful nature. This is done when we obey God and live our lives according to His statues.

In obedience, what sacrifices do we offer God?

1. Our body, mind, and His will instead of our own-- I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1

2. Sacrifice of praise-- By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Heb. 13:15

3.  Sharing the Word and doing good to others-- But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. 13:16

4.  A lifestyle of sacrificial love-- And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. 
Eph. 5:1-2

In short, bringing glory and honor to God in ALL we do is an offering of  sacrificial obedience. 

Let me daily sacrifice my life to You, Lord and see Your glory fill me! Amen

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