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Wednesday, November 13
No Worship Without Sacrifice
I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.
Put sacrifice at the top of the list of words we'd rather avoid. The dictionary defines sacrifice as "the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something with a higher claim." We sacrifice when we give up something precious, personal, or profitable to us. Children might sacrifice their favorite toys for a charity drive; a firefighter or soldier might sacrifice his or her life to save others.
The Bible talks about the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews13:15), the sacrifice of prayer (Psalm 141:2), the sacrifice of giving to missions (Philippians 4:18), the sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17), and offering our bodies as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
Many Christians serve God only when it's convenient. We are willing to give something to God as long as it doesn't cost much. We know little of the sacrifices of those who have preceded us or who are today suffering great privations for the Gospel. But true worship means counting the cost without fear, and serving God without thought of convenience or cost.
Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies, and help me to make a complete sacrifice. I give up myself, and whatever I know; now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
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