God is so good to us that if we love Him we will want to give back to Him. Many people say that they can not give God anything, but the apostle Paul said differently. I read from Romans 12:1 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
My sacrifice to Jesus Christ is MYSELF, my life, my body, my time, my everything I give to Jesus. I want to live FOR Him.
What Jesus requires of us is OBEDIENCE. Many people just want to give money or make an offering but He requires UTTER OBEDIENCE.
God appointed Saul as King over Israel but Saul followed his own mind and then God took him away as king over Israel, He rejected him. We read the words of the prophet Samuel in 1 Samuel 15:22. “Samuel said,
“Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
23“For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
He has also rejected you from being king.”
If we present ourselves to Jesus Christ as His servants, if we present ourselves as an offering to Him, we have to OBEY Him as we also read in verse 22:
“Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the LORD?”
I have learned that what God requires of us is to LISTEN and OBEY Him and not follow our own mind. Many people follow their own minds. I also wanted to serve Jesus as I thought best, MY WAY, but that was not pleasing to Him. I got cut off.
I died of a heart attack but He gave me a second chance and He taught me UNDERSTANDING. Every branch in Him that does not bear fruit will get cut off and burned. I used to follow my own mind. Now I present myself as an offering to Jesus to do HIS WILL. I WAIT on Him, I LISTEN and I OBEY. I do what He tells me to do because that is the only way that we can be FRUITFUL in the kingdom of God. That is the only sacrifice that is acceptable to God. Not that we give Him sacrifices and offerings to our own liking but that we present ourselves and LISTEN, OBEY and DO His will.
My offering to Jesus Christ is ME, MYSELF to do HIS WILL, that which is pleasing to Him.
May Jesus bless you.