Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Sacrifices are hard. When you are as selfish as I am...sacrificing is not at the top of my list. I think that's one of the most difficult things about marriage. To have a great marriage, you have to sacrifice and put your own desires under the desires of your spouse. The same is true about being a mom. To be a good mom, there is no other alternative than to put your kids needs above your own. This is really significant to me at Christmas. I have a horrible time at Christmas until I am happy with the gifts I get for my kids. I long to please them, fulfill their desires and to simply make them happy.
I think sacrifice is significant with God too. He asks me to sacrifice and put His desires above mine. This scripture talks about one of the most significant sacrifices we as Christ followers can do. We are called to openly profess the name of Jesus...the one who created us, loved us, died for us and will return for us. I think anyone who has struggled with this sacrifice knows how difficult it is. I am scared to speak about Jesus because I worry what others might think or what my friends will say. I usually don't want to offend anyone and tend to err on the side of caution because I've seen too many people speak loudly and arrogantly who do more harm for the cause of Christ than good. So...sometimes I'm just quiet. I want to speak, but don't. I know I should...but I don't. That's why this verse struck me:) I've never really thought about speaking Jesus to my family and friends as a sacrifice of praise. That really is what it is though. We make a sacrifice to speak the words because of the cost or the perceived cost as an act of praise. When I speak about what Jesus has done personally in my life, I give Him the credit and praise He deserves. I know I need to do that more freely and more obediently. Praying this afternoon for lips that openly profess the name of the one who sent His son for me. May I love you that much Lord Jesus and more.