When I consider sacrifices, I usually think of animals bleeding out on an altar of wood with flames licking up around them. Such was the OT sacrifices for sin. Since Jesus came and died for us, we don’t employ animal sacrifices in our stead anymore. Jesus is the final sacrifice for sin. And yet here in Hebrews, we can still make sacrifices, but these are of a different nature.
In the Old Testament, there were also provisions for making offerings of thanksgiving, just to show God how much you love and adore Him. These offerings might involve grain or wine. But most importantly they required time and focus. You had to make the journey to the Tabernacle intentionally, ask the priest to offer these things on the altar, and supply the goods. In the New Testament, instead of grain and wine, we offer good and sharing as our sacrifices. They require no less dedication or forethought. But before God they count as such sacrifices. Freely you have received. Freely give.
What opportunities are there today to do good and share with someone else? Might be opportunities to share the good news today?
Something to think about on this Tuesday.