Devotions

Excellence of Sacrifice

Malachi 1:8 (NIV): When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the LORD Almighty.”

Jesus loves me, this I know. The Bible tells me so. Not based on anything that I have done or ever will do, Jesus died on the cross, taking on Himself the punishment that I deserved for my sin. Wow. What did I do to deserve that? Nothing. But because I believe and receive His love, making Him my Lord and Savior, I am now a child of God. Amazing.

The above verse speaks to a response to God. The Israelites had gotten lazy. They were no longer committed to excellence in their sacrifices. Animal sacrifices were supposed to be without defect. A big reason for this was to foreshadow that Jesus was also perfect. Malachi chastises the Israelites for giving less than the best. As a sacrifice for sin, Jesus was perfect.

Since God has already saved me, I don’t need to be concerned with excellence in my response to God. Do I?

Well, if I really understand what God has done for me, I believe that I need to embrace excellence in all that I do for Him. I do this, not to earn salvation. I already have salvation. I commit to excellence as a love response to the love that I have received.

Sometimes I give sacrificially. Why? Because I am amazed and overwhelmed by the fact that God, the Creator of the universe, loves me. I want to give Him the best of who I am, of what I have, of everything in my life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, in response to You, I give my all. I give You my best. May I sacrificially give You excellence.

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