“I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6, New Living Translation
From the beginning of the great mess, God used a system of sacrifices to teach us about the plan of salvation. This system painted a powerful picture of redemption finding ultimate fulfillment in Jesus death on the cross.
Unfortunately, in our bent up brains, we distort God’s plan. Maybe it’s as simple as ritualizing sacrifice. More often, we often use sacrifices to try to gain God’s favour and forgiveness or to manipulate him into doing or giving us what we want.
‘Wait a second,’ you might ask, ‘sacrifices were done away with when Jesus died on the cross. How is this relevant today?”
Christians offer sacrifices in the form of time and money.
You can tell if you are using sacrifices to make God work for you if you find yourself feeling angry or resentful towards God. It’s likely you feel that you gave willingly and now you expect payback. When God doesn’t relate to you in the way you expect you become angry and resentful.