Sacrifice. That’s an amazing word; when we reflect on what Jesus did for us. Embedded in an old song are the words, “Make my life a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to You.” If the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; along with a broken and contrite heart; then why do we despise it for ourselves? There’s a vast difference between a heart being broken by someone and when it is broken before God over sin. We do not seek to have our hearts broken by anyone. A broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart must be sought after in order to be made whole.
Sacrifice requires admittance of wrong doing. The Bible tells us; “godly sorrow produces repentance.” David begged God to “Create in him a clean heart and renew a right spirit within him.” He wanted God to search his heart and reveal any sin; that would create a chasm between the two of them. David was more than regretful over his sin with Bathsheba. From his heart; poured godly sorrow that yielded true repentance.
The Lord says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart; the Lord will not hear my prayer.” Sin separates us from our God. He is Holy, Holy, Holy and detests our sin. In order to be restored, we must “Confess our sin and He will be faithful to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He removes it from us as far as the east is from the west and remembers it no more. We are restored to whole as if we never sinned. There is no God like our God!
Prayer in Motion:
Jesus, thank you for making me whole. You are always ready to receive my brokenness. I offer it up to you as a sacrifice of praise. Thank you for making beauty out of ashes, giving me strength for fear, gladness for mourning and peace for despair. I love you Lord and it’s in Your precious Name I offer up this prayer. Amen