For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14
An offering is a gift you present that is accepted or rejected. A sacrifice is something you surrender or give up for the sake of someone or something else. If you offer your neighbor a ride home, that is a gift. If you offer someone on the other side of town a ride home, that is a sacrifice – it’s costing you something.
After the fall of man, sin offerings were required continually because man could not conquer sin by the law alone. Man needed a savior. Jesus sacrificed himself once for all mankind. Love is a sacrifice, it is not self-serving. There is no greater love (sacrifice) than a man who would lay down his life for his friends.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
If someone risked their life for you, how highly would you praise them, or go out of your way to thank them? Jesus gave his life for us, yet we let the woes of life distract us from the bigger picture. His gift is eternal and greater than anything we face right now! So we should be eternally thankful! He is worthy of our highest praise. Our Utmost for His Highest.
Anything worth having comes with a cost. Jesus thought we were worth giving his life for. Isn’t that worth praising Him for? He wants our whole heart in return! It is hard to worship sometimes when life isn’t going our way, but that’s why it’s called a sacrifice of praise. Jesus is worthy of our praise, and if we focus on Him, life works itself out.
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15