Worship with Sacrifice

11/29/2004 7:27 AM
Title: WORSHIP WITH A SACRIFICE
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Scripture: 24But 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. 2 Samuel 24:24 (NIV)

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your
bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual
act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but
be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test
and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans
12:1 through Romans 12:2 (NIV)

7Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?”
Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the
burnt offering?” Genesis 22:7 (NIV)

Observation: I just got done reading some of Matt Redman’s little book
called, “Facedown”. Pages 56 ff are all about worship with a sacrifice.
(See story file “Worship with a cost”) We often have the wood and the fire
and the altar, but there is no sacrifice. He quoted Romans 12:1 in this
verse, but he didn’t use 2 Samuel 24:24 where David says, I will not offer a
sacrifice that costs me nothing. Matt’s got it right. He’s saying that
often we have so much in place, but there’s no sacrifice on our part. He’s
saying that we have all the pieces in place, but it’s not costing us
anything.

Ultimately Matt says that there is nothing in place that shows us worship
with a cost as much as mission – reaching the lost. He’s right again. Matt
is trying to point out that there’s something very significant that we need
to do in response to our worship, not about always asking, “What are you
going to give me, God?” but rather we should be asking, “What can I give
you, God?”

Application: This chapter of all the chapters hits me the hardest. Why
shouldn’t it, I’m the one that has been pushing towards reaching lost people
more than anyone I personally know. I know this information. I believe
this information. But I wonder sometimes, what is worship costing me? Am I
paying a price at all? Am I praying through the price of worship? What am
I doing that makes things really make a difference in my own life.

Recently Jim has challenged me to make sure and spend time in prayer. I’ve
been a little half-hearted about my afternoon devotions, knowing that if I
miss it, it won’t matter that much anyway. Jim has recently been challenged
by me to have time in prayer three times a day. I know that this is a
significant time in my ministry when I better make significant use of my
time in prayer. In other words, I’m so busy right now, how can I not put
more time in prayer? How can I not spend 2-3 hours in prayer each day?

Prayer: Lord, my prayer to you today is a prayer that I will never offer you
a sacrifice that costs me nothing. I pray that my life will be worship with
sacrifice to you each and every day. I believe that one of the ways I will
accomplish that is that I must spend significant time with you each day. I
know that I must spend significant time with you so that I must listen
carefully and listen wholeheartedly to you.

I’m a person of action, Lord. I don’t like listening much – so why does my
personal mission statement say: “Lead others to Christ through listening
relationships”? But I need to take the time to listen to you in the
quietness and the stillness of this day. I pray, Lord, that you will guide
me. I pray you will lead me. This is a journey that I’ve tried to embark
on a few other times, but it’s not stuck. Like my personal daily devotions,
it took me a long time to make those stick so that it’s very rare that I
actually miss a day. I pray that my journey will have a sticking point this
time, so that I will never want to miss my afternoon and evening time with
you.

Please guide me, Lord. Please develop in me a time of prayer. Please make
me not just into a man of action, not just a man centered around reaching
lost people, but also a man that is much and deep into prayer. Lord, I
submit myself to you on this one. I pray you will guide me. I love you.

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