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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Oct. 26, 2010 - Sacrifice

By Gary Rogers

Does God’s grace abolish sacrifice? Hebrews 10:10 tells us that we have been made holy by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ. This represents a once-and-for-all sacrifice. The sacrifice of Jesus cannot be duplicated nor does it need to be repeated. It was sufficient for the forgiveness of any and all sin. Jesus paid the price in full. But does this remove the word “sacrifice” from the belief system of Christians? Does this mean there is no place in the New Testament where believers are called upon to offer a sacrifice?

Romans 12:1 instructs us to present ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. This is a sacrifice that is allowed to continue to live. It’s not a cutting of the throat, but the destroying of the will. Living points to the way we conduct our lives, our priorities, our desires, our dreams, our ambitions and our future. We are to live so that our life is holy and acceptable to God. Sacrifice tells us that difficult times can be expected. There will be times when you’ll have to overcome influences that would keep you from fulfilling this objective. There will be occasions when your self-will is going to try to resurrect itself and derail your living in obedience to God. These are the times when you must die again to self, and that represents sacrifice.

Philippians 4:18 describes a financial offering given to Paul by the church at Philippi as a sweet-smelling aroma and an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. People in that church gave their hard-earned money as an offering to a minister of the gospel. It was not easy to acquire that money. Time, effort and ignoring personal comforts were required for that money to be earned. Taking that hard-earned money and giving it away was a sacrifice. But once given, it was received as a sweet-smelling aroma that pleased God. This is a sacrifice we are allowed to present to the Lord today. When you give your hard-earned money to build the kingdom of God, He receives it as a special offering of love that gives Him pleasure.

Hebrews 13:15 refers to offering the sacrifice of praise to God. Some would ask, “How can it be a sacrifice to praise God?” Praise may come naturally when gathered together with other believers and the music is just right and the atmosphere is filled with God’s presence. At times like this there is no sacrifice involved. But when the doctor leaves the room and his report was bleak, it is a sacrifice to praise God. When the finances are gone but the stack of bills is still high, it is a sacrifice to praise God. When returning home from the graveside service of someone you lived with for decades, it is a sacrifice to praise God. Sacrifice in praise comes when the circumstances would dictate anything but worship. But what an opportunity this gives! It is at times like this that we are permitted to offer a sacrifice to God.

Yes even in the New Testament we are called upon to give a sacrifice. What a privilege to have something of value to freely offer as a love gift to our God.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of First Assembly of God in Coweta, Okla.

 

 

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