1 Chronicles 28:1-21 (3) – But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’ (NIV)
A quality sacrifice or service naturally attracts God’s blessings, while a poor offering is an abomination. We find an excellent example of this in Genesis 4:3-8, where God accepted Abel’s good offering and neglected Cain’s unbefitting sacrifices. This is because God is not a beggar. He owns the silver and the gold from which we benefit as people (Haggai 2:8). Therefore, our sacrifices to Him must be sincere. Besides, our offerings are indirectly for our profiting because God does not need money to survive (Romans 11:35).
Another form of sacrifice that God will never accept is the one that is sourced and offered through sin. As seen in today’s Bible reading, God did not allow David to build Him a temple because of the blood he had shed. Instead, it was his son, Solomon, that the Lord approved to carry out this task. Similarly, a heart full of deceit will never have its offering accepted by heaven because God is a righteous Father and will not condone corruption. In Acts 5:1-11, Ananias and Sapphira were deceptive with their offering to God because they withheld part of the proceeds from their sold land, and they died for this reason.
Beloved, what sacrifice are you giving to God — Is it acceptable or abominable and have you examined the condition of your heart? Psalms 24:3-4 says …Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart… (NIV). In other words, you may be the best giver in Church and community, yet the source of your wealth and motive might be corrupt. Do a check-up and make amends to present a pleasing offering to the Lord.
Hymn: Into My Heart — Harry D. Clarke (1924)
1. Holy Spirit, please give me a clear conscience in my sacrifices to God and humanity.
1. Father, give me the garment of praise forever, and as I praise You, please do new things in my life.
PRAISE YE THE LORD!
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