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Day 11: Realign From Preference To Sacrifice

Hebrews 13:15 “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”

Devotional · · · In 2 Samuel 24:24 King David replies to an opportunity to present a sacrifice that would not cost him anything. “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing.” How often do we look for this same type of worship experience? A method of worship that is convenient, to our liking, and easy to take part in? The reality of sacrifice is that it should cost us something. In its truest nature, worship is a response of reverence and a sacrifice of something of value to recognize God’s worth, so that our lives may be realigned to His reality. Resist the temptation to find easy ways of worship. Lean into the methods of worship that are not comfortable for you. For in these methods, we sacrifice our preference and comfort on the altar. And in this, may we find Christ as our greatest treasure. (Matthew 13:44-46; Philippians 3:7-11)

Prayer · · · Lord God, create in me a clean heart of worship. Move me away from wanting it to be perfect in my eyes and instead understand what makes it perfect in Your eyes. I often look to the comfortable way to worship; but Father, I want to worship with sacrifice. I want to give to You that which costs me something. Help me to surrender my preference and convenience to pursue You and Your Kingdom at any cost. I want to structure my life in such a way that it is clear that You are of most value to me. May Your Holy Spirit guide me in my worship. May I learn more to give more of myself, my preferences, and my comfortability, so that You may be truly praised.