“Therefore, let us always offer through Jesus the sacrifice of praise to God — the fruit of our lips, telling the truth about his name. Don’t forget to share and to do good. God is pleased with sacrifices like these.” Heb 13:15-16 (Simple English Bible)
She was a new Christian. Mpho was almost thirty, had only a high school education and a menial job in a fast food restaurant. Her family was far away because she had begged a ride to the big city looking for employment. Without an adequate education, Mpho could only find jobs with long hours and little pay. A friend invited her to a Christian youth group which met on Friday evenings. Without any extra money, Mpho thought it would be an easy way to meet people.
It didn’t take her long to accept Christ as her Savior. She was immersed and felt the bright life of the New Life keenly. She’d ask everyone she met if they knew Jesus, which caused some surprise. People didn’t know how to take it. To those who would listen, she explained her own journey from darkness into the light. Sometimes, it made her late for meetings or work but she always made up the lost time. She explained that this was her commitment to her Lord.
Maybe we think that the word ‘sacrifice’ means giving up money, possessions or personal gain. So this word is usually used in as a non-compliance suggestion for our lives. We know we should sacrifice but is really isn’t necessary unless we’re pushed to the wall. The writer of Hebrews has a different aspect: doing good and proclaiming the truth.
Is that so difficult?