“But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifice God is well pleased” (Heb. 13:16) (NKJV)
Before the foundation of the world, God had slain a Lamb (Rev.13:8), God therefore expects us to have a sacrifice mentality, knowing that everything about life in the kingdom revolves around ‘sacrifice’. Indeed, we are living sacrifices (Rom, 12:1) as opposed to dead sacrifices offered in the Old Testament.
To succeed in God, we must have the knowledge and understanding that we have been bought with a price, the precious blood of Jesus (Acts 20:28) and that our life no longer belongs to us.
Everything about us as sons of God is a sacrifice. It is important therefore to understand that every sacrifice we offer to God must be acceptable to Him, because God delights in excellent sacrifices (Heb. 11:4). We must also understand that any sacrifice offered to God without faith is a sin and He will not accept it (Heb. 11:6).
Under the present spiritual dispensation, for our sacrifices to be acceptable before God, we must not only offer ourselves first to Him as a living sacrifice (Rom.12:1), but we must also make a deliberate effort always to do His will (James 1:22), by submitting our lives to Him. We must serve Him with this understanding to be blessed by Him.
The essence of establishing the church is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edification of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12), and this can only be accomplished when we submit ourselves to the word of God, seeking first His kingdom (Matt: 6:33).
We must continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, which is the fruit of our lips (Heb.13:15) regardless of our situations and circumstances. We must also not forget to look out for one another, because the church is a community of believers, with common goals, purpose and vision (Acts 2:44-46).
We must learn to maintain a heart of gratitude. Having a heart of gratitude is pleasing to God, and this is one of the mysteries of the kingdom of God which has been given to us to know (Luke 8:10) for our joy to be full (1 John 1:4). This also includes rejoicing with other members of the community of believers, whenever they are giving thanks to God.
To please God, we must serve Him with this understanding in order to be blessed by Him. We need each other, and we all need God. We need to renew our mind (Rom. 12:2), now that we have a better knowledge and understanding of what pleases God under the present spiritual dispensation.