SOAP Devotional 2014-01-31
Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. (Hebrews 13:15, 16 NLT)
The key here is the last sentence, “These are the sacrifices that please God.” Those listed here are offering praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name, and remembering to do good and share with those in need.
We often emphasize giving a sacrifice of praise to God, but there are additional sacrifices we should make that please God. I might add that it does not seem to be that much of a sacrifice if you are only doing it at church or in front of other believers. Sacrifice is when you do these things outside the comfort zone of the four walls of the church or when you are surrounded by other believers. Anyone can easily do that without sacrificing at all. How about proclaiming your allegiance to Christ when you are surrounded by those who do not know him. This can be done with words or even by refusing to compromise your integrity because you are committed to Christ. Likewise it is easy to good or share with those in need when it is part of an organized church outreach, but what about your neighbor, or your work mate, or maybe even a member of a lifestyle biker club. Getting outside your comfort zone to do these things is when it is a sacrifice. Thank him in front of others who do not even like him, proclaim your allegiance to him in front of the same for the reason you live a life of integrity, and do good and share with those in need without having to gain benefits from what you have done. These are the sacrifices that please God.
Father, let my sacrifices be genuine and pleasing to you. Hear my praise to and for you in the marketplace. Keep me strong in my integrity so I may proclaim my allegiance to you openly and without tarnishing your name. And help me to look for those opportunities that let me do good and provide for those in need so that others may know your goodness and not mine. Let my sacrifices please you.