“And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.” Hebrews 13:16

Think about this: For thousands of years, God’s chosen people had one way of receiving atonement for their sins. Their one means of absolution was a sacrifice – several kinds of which were detailed in their law. Depending on the circumstances, they may bring an animal, or some grain, or another offering to the priest. The priest performed the ritual and the sins were forgiven.

Then, Jesus came. He made one supreme sacrifice for all. No more bringing animals to a priest to be slaughtered and burned on the altar. What a paradigm shift! Those who had placed their faith in Jesus needed a new way to think about sacrifice, and God directed this need towards the less fortunate.

To me, that speaks volumes about where our priorities should be.

That line of thinking takes the focus off ourselves and places it on others. If we are seeking to please God, we must be seeking to do good to those around us, seeking to help those who are in need.

As you thank God today for His sacrificial work in your life, let the love He showed you flow through to the world around you. Be sensitive to the opportunities before you. He gave – now we must follow His example.