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Heart of Worship: Sacrifice

Jesus’ entire life of worship came down to a powerful "yes" in the shadow of a Roman cross. For Jesus, there was no worship without sacrifice. The same is true of you and me.“I urge you therefore by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship.” (Romans 12:1).

Worship and sacrifice closely knit in the same sentence. The writer is making it clear that worship is about continual, daily, moment by moment, sacrifice.So what’s the deal? The deal is, we’ve got to move past the lobby and enter the temple. That’s where the altar is, where the sacrifice is made. Where the words of our worship radically adjust the ways of our life. It’s that kind of worship which honours a Christ who did no less Himself.

When offered the materials for sacrifice David refused: “I will not offer to God an offering which costs me nothing.” (1 Chron. 21:24). So David bought the threshing floor, the oxen, the wheat, the wood... everything. Then he made his offering to the Lord.What does my worship cost me? Do I offer to God that which “costs me nothing?” Worship is much more than words. Worship is life.

“Through Jesus let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God; which is the fruit of lips that give praise to His name. And do not cease to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:15-16