When I think of sacrifices for God, I tend to think of all the things I could give up for God. I could give up my time to help somebody out in the name of Jesus. I could give up my money so that someone else could have something they truly need and not just fill my own wants. I could give up my career and become a missionary to people in a faraway land or serve in an urban ministry. I tend to think of what I can do for God.
It is good to think this way. We should never shy away from it. But in Psalm 50, we see that something else should flow through anything we want to do for God. We encounter a different kind of sacrifice:
I have no complaint about your sacrifices
or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.
But I do not need the bulls from your barns
or the goats from your pens.
For all the animals of the forest are mine,
and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every bird on the mountains,
and all the animals of the field are mine. (Psalm 50:8-11)
God is familiar with all the burnt offerings and sacrifices of the Israelites, but He is looking for something else. And here is what it is:
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God. (50:14)
Thankfulness is the sacrifice God is looking for that should flow through all that we do for Him. It is an inner attitude that pervades our lives. You see, we can do all sorts of things for God but sometimes our hearts are not in the right place. We can do a lot for Him but sometimes we grumble a lot to Him at the same time. But God wants a different kind of sacrifice that overflows with a heart of thankfulness.
Today might be a good time to stop and give a different sort of sacrifice to God. You might even want to stop for ten or fifteen minutes right now to thank God for all He has done, for all He has given, and for all the things You may not even know that He is doing right now in Your life. Bring a different kind of sacrifice to Him.