You will hear a lot of people tell you that praise and worship of the Lord are more than singing songs on Sunday mornings, your whole life is worship. While there may some truth to that lifting our voices to praise God is a sacrificial offering. If someone says they worship God in how they live their life, but they don’t raise their voice in acknowledging Him, they are dead wrong. When we worship Jesus, we are lifting up an offering of praise.
Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
When Christ became the ultimate and final sacrifice on the cross, our offerings changed from the bloody sacrifice of animals to the spiritual ones of our lips and service to those in need. Our praise and worship is a continual offering God because it acknowledges His name with our mouths. Our acts of service and sharing what we have are pleasing to God. Both of these are sacrifices because they take from what we have and gives it away.
Sacrifice isn’t a popular concept today. The world has a mentality of getting the most they can for as little sacrifice as possible. Workers want to get paid more for doing less work, and children want their parents to give them more while they eschew responsibility like chores. Sacrifice is an essential part of the Christian life. It keeps our focus off of ourselves and provides us with an avenue to express our love.
Offering of Praise
Two of the best ways to sacrifice are to worship the Lord and serve others by sharing what you have. The writer of Hebrews tells us to do it continually because it is the fruit of our lips. A heart that is willing to worship should be overflowing with a desire to praise the Lord, so lift your voice and make a joyful noise unto Him. You will notice that as you cultivate that the desire in your heart will grow.