The Lord Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us. He wants us to make some sacrifices for Him that are very little. His sacrifice:
Ephesians 5:2: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Galatians 1:4: Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Hebrews 7:27: Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people*s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
Hebrews 10:10: By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
By comparison, our sacrifices are little and without the Triune God dwelling in us, working in us and helping us, we wouldn*t be able to make our little sacrifices. Without Him and His gifts we wouldn*t have anything to offer Him. Indeed, His purpose for giving us gifts is that we honor Him by returning them to Him.
The wonderful old hymn has it right: We give Thee but Thine own, whate*er the gift may be: all that we have is Thine alone, a trust, O Lord from Thee. May we Thy bounties thus as stewards true receive, and gladly as Thou blessest us, to Thee our first-fruits give.
1 Chronicles 29:14: But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
1 Corinthians 6:19: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
Psalms 4:5: Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
Psalms 27:6: And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Psalms 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Psalms 107:21: Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
Hebrews 13:15: By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
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