"If his offering is a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it of his own free will at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD. Lev 1:3 NKJV
Times may have changed, but God still calls upon us to bring offerings to Him. Most of us in modern culture do not make frequent trips with our "herds" to an altar. However, the principle this passage depicts is timeless. God wants His people to sacrifice for Him because of who He is and what He has done for them. Consider this verse:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1 NKJV
It is our reasonable service to God to offer ourselves - our time, talents & treasure - as a sacrifice for God to do His work. However, just because we are doing God's work, does not mean that our sacrifice is acceptable to Him. Looking at Leviticus 1:3, we see the following criteria for an acceptable offering. An acceptable offering is one given
- Without blemish. An unblemished offering is of the highest quality, consisting of the best we have to offer. Leftovers of our time and resources don't quite measure up.
- Without attitude. God wants an offering given to Him out of a heart of love for Him. When we serve Him out of obligation, whining and complaining as we go, we are not necessarily giving out of our own free will as God requires.
Let's give God our best effort with our best attitude. When we do, our offerings will be pleasing and acceptable to God and blessings to ourselves and others.
What activities are you doing for God out of obligation or duty with a bad attitude? Check your motives. Perhaps God has another plan for you in this season of your life. Pray that God will reveal to you where He wants you to serve Him.
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.