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Three Ways To Offer Sacrifices That Are Pleasing To God

We all desire receive favor from God and to offer sacrifices that are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:15-16 states, “Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are sacrifices that please God.” This verse outlines three types of sacrifices that are deemed pleasing and acceptable to God, these are elaborated below by providing biblical stories and verses.

1. The Sacrifice Of Praise

  • All praises belong to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Praising God diminishes the obstacles and circumstances we face as we focus on His greatness and majesty
  • When Paul and Silas were incarcerated the bible records that, at midnight, they engaged in prayer and sang hymns of praise to God. Subsequently, God’s power was unleashed, breaking the chains that restrained them and granting them freedom
  • The walls of Jericho fell due to triumphant shouts of praise.

2. The Sacrifice Of Doing Good

  • Doing good means obeying God’s word and his commands. It involves leaving a cessation of sinful behavior and dedication to a life of righteousness
  • The act of doing good encompasses abstaining from sin and committing to righteousness (Daniel 4:27; John 5:14; John 8:11), and the Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just (Psalm 31:3)
  • In the account of Cain’s rejected sacrifice, God’s counsel remains consistent: “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?” (Genesis 4:7)
  • The parable of the three servants exemplifies that obedience to God’s commands leads to increased blessings
  • Conversely, neglecting to follow God’s commands results in significant loss. Those who take joy in and adhere to His law will experience prosperity in all their endeavors (Psalm 1:1-3)
  • Saul’s failure to uphold God’s commands led to his loss of favor, culminating in the end of his reign as king and neither his sons ascended to the throne.
Sacrifices of doing good

3. The Sacrifice Of Sharing With Those In Need

  • We are stewards of God’s assets and resources. Give to the poor and those in need and your good deeds will be remembered forever (Psalm 112:9)
  • Allow the abundant resources bestowed by God to flow through you to bless His children
  • Refrain from obstructing the flow of God’s blessings, as this act of hoarding can be deemed as greed, which is reprehensible in the eyes of God (Psalms 11:24; Psalm 22:9 Psalm 41:1)
  • Giving to those in need not only benefits them but also leads to God receiving praise: “And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will praise God.” (2 Corinthians 9:12)
  • “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have, In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”. This passage from Acts recounts what Peter and John had when they encountered the crippled beggar – the healing power of God. The beggar received healing and joyfully started walking, leaping, and praising God
  • When an angel of God appeared to a man named Cornelius who was devoted in prayer and giving to the poor, Acts 10:4 shows that God accepted his offering of praise and giving to the poor
  • After Paul received financial help from the church in Philippi, he writes back to the the church saying the gifts the he received are as sweet smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God (Philippians 4:18).

4. Final Remarks

  • It is essential to approach sacrifices to God with pure intentions. The scripture emphasizes that God values those who give willingly and joyfully, not out of compulsion or reluctance (2 Corinthians 9:7)
  • When offering sacrifices, it is crucial to do so with the correct attitude. The Lord scrutinizes our hearts and takes delight in discovering integrity within them (Psalm 4:5; 1 Chronicles 29:17)
  • The early church adhered to a practice of sacrificial praise, giving and doing good, as depicted in Acts 2:44-47: “And all believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper and shared their meals with great joy and generosity – all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people.
  • In the introductory verse, Paul encourages us to consistently present these sacrifices as these are actions that distinguish us as children of God.

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