Sacrifice means giving to the Lord whatever He requires of our time, our earthly possessions, and our energies to further His work. The Lord commanded, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” Mathew 6:33. Our willingness to sacrifice is an indication of our devotion to God. People have always been tried and tested to see if they will put the things of God first in their lives. From the time of Adam and Eve to the time of Jesus Christ the Lord’s people practiced the law of sacrifice. They were commanded to offer sacrifices as the firstlings (first born offspring) of their flocks. These animals had to be perfect, without blemish. The ordinance was given to remind the people that Jesus Christ, the Firstborn of the Father, would come into the world. He would be perfect in every way, and He would offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sin. We must be willing to sacrifice what we have to the Lord. The Apostle Paul wrote that we should become living sacrifices; holy and acceptable unto God Romans 12:1. If we are to be a living sacrifice, we must be willing to give everything we have for the Church of Jesus Christ to build the kingdom of God on the earth. The Lord’s disciples Peter and Andrew were willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of the kingdom of God. When Jesus said unto them, “Follow me and they straightway left their nets, and followed him” Mathew 4:19-20. We must offer the best sacrifices to the Lord. Abraham lived on the earth before Christ, in the days when sacrifices and burnt offerings were required. As a test of Abraham’s faith, the Lord commanded him to offer up his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Isaac was the only son of Abraham and Sarah. The command to offer him as a sacrifice was extremely painful for Abraham. Nevertheless, he and Isaac made the long journey to Mount Moriah, where the sacrifice was to be made. They traveled for three days. His son was to be sacrificed for the Lord. Abraham loved the Lord so much that he was willing to do anything the Lord asked.
The Works of Sacrifice
Only through sacrifice we win a battle that other things and people won’t help. Through sacrifice we can become worthy to live in the presence of God and only through sacrifice we can enjoy eternal life. Sacrifice makes God to release covenant blessings. Abraham committed himself to do all that God commanded, even being willing to sacrifice, in response to God’s command, what was most precious to him his son Genesis 22:1-18. Of all men on earth, the Lord chose this faithful man to become the father of a covenant people. You will be made great and be given great possessions. When Abraham entered the land of Canaan, before Israel was established as a nation, there was a high priest by the name of Melchizedek, the King of Salem. "Salem" translated means "peace." When Abraham's nephew, Lot, had been captured by gentile kings and Abraham went and brought Lot back with all his possessions, Melchizedek went out to meet Abraham and blessed him. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine, and he was the priest of the most high. And He blessed him, and said, blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth Genesis 14:18-19.