Honoring God with our resources is a form of "spiritual sacrifice." A spiritual sacrifice is something that we do to worship God and affirm his Lordship over us. Peter explained, "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" 1 peter 2;5. Peter went on to explain why we should offer spiritual sacrifices. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy 1 peter 2;9-10.God called us out of darkness into the light so that we would bring glory to him through worship. In view of the incredible price that He paid for our redemption, we owe it to Him to offer our bodies, finances, talents, time and other resources as sacrifices of honoring him.
Ways of honoring God.
Honoring the Lord through our bodies. Our bodies arevery important to God. In fact, Paul wrote that the body is meant for the Lord and the Lord for the body 1 Corinthians 6:13. This means that God wants to use our bodies to bring His light and truth to the people in our lives. We bear His image and we are ambassadors of His love. If we use our bodies for evil, we contribute to hindering God's work on earth and may even become instruments of the devil. Conversely, if we use our bodies for good, we further God's work. Paul wrote, "Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service" Romans 12:1. Honoring the Lord through our money.Many people are caught up in the pursuit of riches, impairing their relationship with God. Paul wrote, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows" 1 Timothy 6:10. The way to recover from such a condition or to prevent it from happening starts with being generous with the money God has given us. Being generous is a separate issue from giving a tithe of your earnings to the Lord (typically 10%). Generous giving is over and above what we are tithing to our church or ministry.
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