Sacrifice is normally thought of as something we do that amounts to self denial. Even painful self denial. But is that the true meaning of sacrifice from God’s point of view?
Not really. Although “self denial” can be a part of sacrifice, the Old Testament root or “parent” word means…
“To draw near”
Unfortunately, our understandings, or misunderstandings – of even spiritual issues – are heavily laced with a “man centered” focus. We think about sacrifice in terms of how much we are giving up, or how much we perform out of obedience no matter how we feel about it at the time.
Bringing sacrifices of praise has more to do with ways and methods of drawing near to God rather than self denial. To look at it that way…the accurate way…is helpful to me as I grow in my personal relationship with the Lord.