The Joy of Sacrifice


Psalm 107:22 “And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.”

We have all made some sacrifices in our lives. We wouldn’t be where we are today, without some form of sacrifice. It could be giving up on our sleep to look after someone, giving up on a job to take care of something more important, giving up on a bad vice, or an unhealth food habit to keep ourselves fit. These decisions are never easy to make, but we tend to do it anyways because we finally learn to prioritize. Have you ever wondered that the sacrifices we make in our daily lives, for our own convenience, comes so naturally to us and yet when it comes to making a sacrifice for our Lord, we tend to procrastinate?

Today may be a good day to introspect and count the number of sacrifices we have made for our Lord. Its for certain that we can never ever repay God for the wonderful things He has done for us and the beautiful things that He is about to do in each of our lives. In fact, God Himself is aware of this. God does not want our treasures and riches as a form of sacrifice; He already owns the entire world. He seeks after our heart. We are His sacrifice.  When we spend time in thanksgiving to Him and lose ourselves in adoring and worshipping Him, He calls this act, a sacrifice. Our Lord considers our sacrifice as the highest form of worship. He wants us to rejoice in Him and declare His good works.

We all lead busy lives and are always racing against time to either be somewhere or get something done. Regardless of our tight schedule, can we make a commitment today, to spend at least a few minutes in His presence, in prayer and thanksgiving?  A God who gives up on everything and runs to our help, when we call on His name deserves this sacrifice. This is probably the only sacrifice where you give less and stand to receive much more.

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