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What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 11

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Scripture: 2 Samuel 24:24 But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.

Devotional: King David is known as a man after God’s own heart. This passage demonstrates just one of the reasons why:  David refused to offer to God something that cost Him nothing.  He understood what a sacrifice of praise truly means.  There’s something so powerful about giving when it hurts.  And it’s a bit of a mystery, but when you really think about it, that’s because it’s rooted in love. 

When you love someone deeply, you want to give them something costly, something expensive, something with deep meaning. And that is what is at the heart of our authentic worship.  Love.

Sacrificial love. 

Love that costs something.

Reflect:

  • Reflect upon your own acts of worship to God. How do you show your love to Him?

What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 10

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Scripture: Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Devotional: In yesterday’s devotions, we talked about bringing a sacrifice of praise.  Today our passage speaks of being a living sacrifice.  Typically, a sacrifice is something that is killed in order to pay homage to God. But being a living sacrifice means surrendering yourself, your body, your life, your wants, your desires, in order to be holy and to please God.

And we’re asked to do this in view of God’s mercy. It’s important to note that we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, not to earn God’s favor, but because we’ve already been given God’s favor through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who became the ultimate sacrifice for our sin.

When you offer yourself as a living sacrifice, and you live wholly and fully to please Him, there’s no shallowness about that kind of worship.  You’re giving Him the worship He deserves. 

Reflect:

  • Is there anything that holds you back from offering yourself as a living sacrifice?

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