We read in Genesis where Cain and Abel brought sacrifices unto the God. The Lord had regard for Abel’s offering, but not for Cain’s. Cain was very angry that God accepted Abel’s offering and had disregard for his offering. “The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen” (Genesis 4:6)? God’s warning to Cain, was that his anger had opened a door for sin. God cautioned Cain to take authority over his sinful desire. Cain however, allowed his sinful desire to dominate and this led to the murder of his brother.
This story demonstrates to me that it is possible, to offer God an acceptable sacrifice and an unacceptable sacrifice. The commandment in the Old Testament was to bring animal sacrifices and grain offerings to God. In the New Testament covenant, we no longer need to offer animals as sacrifice for sins. Our sacrifice is our lives, including our gifts, talents and abilities. I believe that one of the main sacrifices that we can offer to God is our time. Time in praise, worship, prayer and service to God is our sacrificial offering to him.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name” (Psalm 100:4)! Paul also spoke in Hebrews about offering sacrifices of praise unto God. We offer praises unto God with the fruit of our lips. Our attendance at church, honours the requirement to assemble together as saints. This is for the purpose of encouraging, supporting and edifying each other. Our consideration should always be about how much time we give to the things of God. As we seek first the kingdom of God, all things will be added to us.
Our careers should not take priority over our relationship with God. Do we make an effort to get to work on time, yet habitually arrive for church late? Is God pleased with our sacrifice of praise, if we give God a half-hearted sacrifice? When we honour God with our time, he will honour us. I have found that when I honour God with my time, he blesses my efforts at work. We cannot commit more time to things that do not have an eternal significance. I know that our career, surrendered to God is also an act of worship. That being said, we have to treat the things of God as sacred and offer a sacrifice which is acceptable.