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#531 – A Daily Offering (Numbers 28:1–3)

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“The spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the people of Israel and say to them, ‘My offering, my food for my food offerings; my pleasing aroma you shall be careful to offer me at its appointed time.’ And you shall say to them, ‘This is the food offering that you shall offer to the Lord: two male lambs a year old without blemish, day by day as a regular offering.’
(Numbers 28:1–3)

What a great picture of a day by day, regular offering before God. Here in the Old Testament and then when we think about our lives in the new covenant. Obviously we don’t give offerings in the same way, give sacrifices in the same way; but the principles, the heart, the truths, the realities expressed here, absolutely, and I would say even more so, transfer over into the New Testament in the sense that … Well, think Romans 12, 1 and 2. In view of God’s mercy we offer ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God.

May we view today as an offering before our King. May He be glorified in our lives each day.

So we’re not offering an animal or food in this way, like we offer our lives, regularly, day by day. Picture your life this way. You wake up in the morning, you are a daily offering before God. Your life, all day long intended to be lived to God, for God, spent by God as a sacrifice, holy and acceptable to him all day long.

You go to bed at night and the prayer on our lips is, “God, I pray that you’re pleased with my offering today.” And you rest and you wake up the next morning, and you say, “God, I give you my life as an offering today.” And the next day you do the same and the next day you do the same, day by day.

God, help us to view our lives this way. Help us to view today this way or in my life right now is an offering before you today. Please be honored in me, please be glorified in me, please  lead me, please guide me, please exalt yourself through me today in every word I say and everything I do, and be honored, be pleased, be worshiped, I pray. I pray this not for myself, I pray this for those who are listening right now.

And God, may it be so in our lives, may our lives be a continual day by day offering before you and may you be pleased in us, may you be glorified in us. Make us holy and acceptable before you all day long. May this thought never be far from our minds, that our lives our an offering before you. Be pleased with this offering, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.
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