Week of April 20, 2018
“You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God a bull or sheep which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 17:1
God’s love moved Him to sacrifice that which meant the most to Him – His only Son. Our response to this sacrifice, if we truly understand His love for us, is in the desire to give back to God, that which means the most to us.
The Old Testament reveals that God set forth high standards for the sacrifices He required of His people because a worthy sacrifice had to cost the people something. That which we give to God reveals our heart’s condition. A heart that overflows with gratitude for God’s love will respond in devotion. God takes delight in the person who gives to Him out of a loving heart. This is a person who understands that God is the source of everything they possess. If you struggle in giving your best to God, take some time to reflect on what God sacrificed for you. It will surely inspire you to love Him with all your heart!