You Are a Priest with Sacrifices
This month we are emphasizing what worship is. Biblical worship has two parts to it: the first is an attitude of delight and dependency upon God, and the second part are very specific acts that God calls priestly sacrifices. As Peter told us we have been created to be a holy priesthood to offer up sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. In the book of Hebrews, Jesus is the great high priest and we as fellow priests have particular acts of service that we do for God. Peter wrote:
4 And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God,
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1Peter 2:4-5)
There are five different types of New Testament spiritual sacrifices or things that we can do for God. As a New Testament priest we should be very aware of what those sacrifices are so that we can offer them regularly and joyfully. This is like a wife telling us what kind of roses she likes. Any good husband would then go pick those roses. In the same way any good Christian will want to offer what God wants. In the coming days we will tell you what these five things are.