Where Are the Sacrifices? :: Warren Wiersbe
Read 1 Peter 2:1-10
These verses describe the privileged position of the New Testament believer in Christ. We are "a royal priesthood" (v. 9) and "an holy priesthood" (v. 5); it is our privilege to "offer up spiritual sacrifices to God by Jesus Christ." What are these spiritual sacrifices?
Let's begin with Romans 12:1: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice." Not a dead sacrifice, but a living sacrifice, yielded on the altar every minute of every day. Our bodies must be burnt offerings, wholly surrendered to Him for His glory. For the practical side of this surrender, read Romans 6.
Prayer is another spiritual sacrifice: "Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice" (Ps 141:2). Prayer is more than a child telling the Father his needs; it is the priest offering fragrant incense to the great High Priest. When we look upon prayer as a spiritual sacrifice, it makes us realize how far short we fall in our prayer life.
A third spiritual sacrifice is a broken heart: "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise" (Ps 51:17). How God rejoices to see a broken and contrite heart! "To this man will I look," says the Lord, "even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word" (Is 66:2).
Have you brought these sacrifices to the Lord?
(Copyright, Warren W. Wiersbe. First appeared in Thoughts for Men on the Move. May not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of the author.)