“And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God” (Hebrews 13:16, NLT).
Even though we know the Old Testament sacrifices point to Christ’s death on the cross, to modern sensibilities, they seem bloody and barbaric. It’s interesting to note that even David understood there were better sacrifices, more pleasing to God (Psalm 51:17).
God is still pleased with sacrifice, as the author of Hebrews points out in this verse. Doing good and sharing require us to give up part of ourselves, to lay aside our selfish desires and put others first. This pleases him because it’s who he is. God gave himself, his life for our lives. As we become more in tune with Father, Son and Spirit, the sacrifices of doing good, sharing with others and a humble heart will seem a more natural way of living, motivated by love, as he is love.