Today’s Nourishment: What offerings might you offer to the Lord? You may say, “We live in New Covenant days. We do not offer sacrifices any longer.” Yes, Jesus is the once and for all sacrifice to redeem sin. However, in the New Testament, we find five sacrifices of the New Covenant believer to offer our own lives and everything concerning our lives:
I want to take you on a journey toward wholeness. You return, living differently.
Journey to the Altar (a place of sacrifice; a place to meet with God)
Picture this: You see an Altar through an iron gate. The altar represents an image of new life. You may visit this altar. When you leave this altar, you leave embracing a new life.
Now you may think, “I could visit the altar,” which may seem new to you. In order for Old Testament believers to visit the altar, they planned, they purchased the sacrifice, and they prepared the sacrifice. For New Testament and beyond believers, what is my sacrifice?
Jesus Christ became the final sacrifice—no more sacrifices exist to redeem us from sin. However, the sacrifices for the New Covenant Believer offer everything concerning self:
- Sacrifice of your Body: Romans 12:1-2 Your body: my physical service to the Lord
- Sacrifice of Praise – thanksgiving (euchariseo): Hebrews 13:15 Your upbringing, life events as they occurred, etc.
- Sacrifice of Material Possessions: Hebrews 13:16 All I own is yours, Lord
- Sacrifice of Monetary Gifts: Philippians 4:18; Matthew 5:23-24 My tithes and offerings
- Sacrifice of Faith and Service (time and energy): Philippians 2:17 My strength within and my service to others
I enter the gate to move forward toward offering my sacrifice, while thanking the Lord that I may enter His gates and Praise Him to enter His courts.
Name your sacrifice(s): Body, Praise, Material Possessions, Monetary Gifts, or Faith and Service. I offer my sacrifice of ____________________________.
I see myself as I offer my ______________. It is finished. My sacrifice occurred.
I am atoned (at-one-ment) with God through Christ, marked w/ blood of Christ.
I must exit through a different gate than the gate I entered, signifying that I will live different from when I entered—I will grow into wholeness: speaking truth, renewed thinking, faith, rest, joy, peace, love, strength, maturing in the Spirit and resting in the process of life’s events.
Name your sacrifice:
Tomorrow’s Reading – Leviticus 7-8