You’ve got the sniffles. You’ve got a ballgame. You’re visiting a friend or a friend visits you. And so on and so on.
Simply put, “sacrifice” is “an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy”. Jesus eloquently spoke of it as “taking up your cross” (Luke 9:23). When it comes to our worship, we give up time and opportunity in order to exalt and glorify God.
But some Christians can’t be bothered to sacrifice themselves for this noble cause. Psalm 51:17 says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart — These, O God, You will not despise”. When we come before God, true sacrifice must come from the heart and then result in action!
Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son (Hebrews 11:17-19). In this, he became the “father of us all” (Romans 4:16). Is it too much to ask that you worship God “in spirit and truth” above other reasons, justifications, and excuses?