To Obey is Better than Sacrifice
How often do we choose which service we want to be involved in? We claim our gift lies in certain areas therefore we don’t have to help in other areas. But is that true? Or is that a selfish way of interpreting scripture? Consider this:
1 Samuel 15:22,23
“So Samuel said:
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
He also has rejected you from being king.” “
This is what the Lord through Samuel said to King Saul following his outright disobedience to God’s command. You see, Saul thought that he knew what was better than God regarding the destruction of the Amalekites. He thought he could save the good animals and King Agag. He said it was to offer sacrifice to God. But Samuel explained that to obey is better than sacrifice.
Perhaps you don’t see the connection. Maybe your thinking, ‘What does my sacrifice have to do with serving?’ Serving when we don’t want to, or don’t like to, or don’t agree with decisions, is a sacrifice on our part. It requires sacrificing our own desires, wants and opinions for the purpose of being obedient. You see God desires that we be obedient to Him. He wants us to follow the leaders that He has placed over us, whether it be our elders, deacons or for wives, husbands. If we choose to not be obedient we are choosing to lay aside our sacrifice in exchange for our selfish desires.
But does God even want our sacrifice in the New Testament church that He established? The answer to that is yes.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
So it’s easier said, than done, isn’t it? Presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, giving up oneself for the greater good of others, or even because we are asked to by those in authority over us isn’t always easy, but if we want hearts that are obedient to God we will do just that.
Melissa from Maidservants of Christ tells about one of those times. Please click See More to read the entire article.
written by Melissa at Maidservants of Christ
I loathe Vacation Bible School. I have lots of reasons, some valid, some trivial. I think it is a relic of a bygone era that doesn’t meet the evangelistic needs of the Church today. I think cookies and Kool-aid at eight in the evening is a really bad idea, especially since many kids are already up past their bedtime. Loud silly songs grate on my nerves and don’t seem to serve any educational purpose. If I had my way, we would find some other way to reach the children in our neighborhoods for Christ. So last year, I helped prepare for VBS and taught one of the classes.
Yes, I cheerfully got involved in an effort I don’t really believe in. Why? Because the leadership in my congregation had decided that VBS was worth doing, and the organizers needed help. Sometimes being a servant means doing what you are asked to do whether you want to do it or not.
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If we fail to lay aside our selves, we are choosing to be disobedient to God. Yes, there are some who have specific gifts such as teaching, or encouraging, but that doesn’t mean we can stop serving simply because we don’t have a talent. Rather, we must use the talents we do have for the encouragement of the entire body. We must serve even when the service isn’t what we want to do. Why? Because God desires your obedience and in doing so, you present your sacrifice to the Father.
Melissa lives in Tennessee and is the mother of 3 children. She and her co-blogger Helene blog regularly at Maidservants of Christ. Their goal is to speak the truth in love to those who read their blog. They aren’t afraid to tackle the tough stuff but do so with compassion and love. While your visiting be sure to hit the subscribe button to get encouragement directly in your inbox.
~This article written by team member Renee Brown.