Leviticus 22:21 “‘When a man offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord to fulfill a special vow or for a freewill offering, of the herd or of the flock, it must be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no defect in it.’”
Think how difficult this must have been. For anyone to offer a sacrifice for a peace offering, it had to be a perfect male specimen. No defect, no injuries, NO imperfections at all. But God commanded this. Why? Sacrifice shouldn’t be easy. It should take diligent thought. It should take effort.
Aren’t you grateful, though, that the ONE perfect sacrifice was offered for us all? Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, was examined by God and found to be worthy of sacrifice. He was unblemished. He was pure. He was THE ONLY acceptable sacrifice.
If you really want to teach this to your kids, try this. Tell them you have a gift for them. Wrap it nicely. But inside put something that is broken or dirty. Notice their reaction when they see it. I doubt they will be grateful or even accept it. Now, don’t leave it there. Have a better gift ready. Give it to them and watch their second reaction.
Explain how this applies to how we give to God. Just as He gave us His best – Jesus Christ, we need to give our best to Him. He expects us to give our all. He wants us to be all in for Him. Teach your children to do that as you do the same.
Are you “sacrificing” your best for Him? Are you holding back? Don’t do that. Give it all to Him. Show your children what it looks like to be completely “in” for Him. They will be watching.