7 Important Bible Verses About Sacrifice

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Sacrifice is a part of the Christian faith. We sacrifice our lives daily as we live with the impact of Christ’s sacrifice for us. While making a sacrifice isn’t easy, it does remind us that we need to hold loosely to the things of this world. Heaven is our true home and everything we give up on earth is temporary compared to eternity. Since the concept of sacrifice is so important for believers, take time today to learn from the 7 important Bible verses about sacrifice.

Sacrifice doesn’t replace obedience

“But Samuel replied: ‘Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22).

Many believers sacrifice their time, money, and energy doing good works for God. However, we must be careful to not let the sacrifice take precedence over our obedience to the teachings of the Bible. A sacrificial gift to the Lord is honored as long as we are obeying His commandments and teaching others to do as well.

7 Important Bible Verses About Sacrifice

Sacrifice costs something

“But the king replied to Araunah, ‘No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing”” (2 Samuel 24:24).

A sacrifice may be freely given, but it’s not a genuine sacrifice if it doesn’t mean anything to us. When we feel the pain of our sacrifice—we know that we are really giving up something important. As we grow in our faith, we give our sacrifices to God more freely because we understand His greater sacrifice that allows us to know His grace.

Sacrifice can be a broken heart

“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

When we sincerely seek after God’s forgiveness for our sins, it’s a sacrifice that He will never turn away. The Lord wants us to come to Him and be made clean from our sinful choices. Many times pride blocks us from admitting our sins. Yet when we humble ourselves, we find His grace and forgiveness.

Sacrifice is an everyday occurrence

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1).

Every day we have the choice to offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God. The Lord doesn’t force His children to obey Him; rather He longs for us to choose His ways over our own desires. Our sacrifice of living for Jesus on a daily basis in spite of the temptations, trials, and tragedies of life encourages an investment of sacrifice with an eternity of rewards.

Sacrifice comes through thanksgiving

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name” (Hebrews 13:15).

When we take the time to be thankful, we are giving God a sacrifice. It may not feel like a sacrifice to us, but when we consider His faithfulness to the world—we respond with gratefulness. Many people will go about their day-to-day activities and never once give God the sacrifice of thanksgiving. However, as believers we press towards being thankful every single day.

Sacrifice is pleasing to God

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16).

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are often compelled to do good for others even though they don’t always return the favor. Yet we sacrifices with good works and the sharing of our resources as to the Lord and not to men. Our Father in heaven is pleased to see His children doing the right things in spite the pressure to only please themselves.

Sacrifice ultimately was paid through Jesus Christ

“God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith” (Romans 3:25).

The sacrifice of Jesus covered the sins of all people once and forever. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, there was no longer a need to sacrifice animals. It was finished at the cross. When we put our trust in Jesus, His blood shed covers us so that we don’t have to pay the penalty for our sins—not that we ever could.

Sacrifice your Life

We are given opportunities every day to sacrifice our own wants and needs for the furthering of God’s kingdom. As we daily sacrifice, let us keep in mind that everything we do in the name of Jesus Christ is a gift to the One who paid it all at Calvary.

Something else to read about sacrifice: Romans 12: Bible Study

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rose palazzo February 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm

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Mat June 25, 2019 at 10:20 pm

Came across your comment Rose as I am grateful to stumble across this site as well. My last name is Palazzo also…


George April 11, 2016 at 3:45 am

Thanks you for the blessed article


JULIUS.G.RAJASINGH April 18, 2016 at 8:07 am

It is good.


Tosin richardson-allen June 16, 2016 at 3:15 am

Really precise and very helpful. God bless you and more anointing to you in Jesus name


Rewel Adedi August 22, 2016 at 12:48 am

Inspiring, God bless you


Eshun Robert Kwaku November 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm

May God increase your spiritual understanding to teach His word


Eman August 27, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Nice article. But how can human know this is valid? Maybe it is a trick to make people go suicide and no afterlife for them. There are other theories about God – one of which is that we have pieces of God inside and they need to be connected and we need to stay alive for it to work. Also since when living more or less sin free life requires death? People can still be good people despite being low level sinners. This stuff is confusing, complicated and best of all – NO proof of authority. We humans have no problem following God as long as we know it is not deception from Devil..but if we do not know then our choice can not happen.


Jack Wellman August 27, 2017 at 1:51 pm

Hello Eman. The Bible teaches that none or good (Rom 3:10-12), not even one of us, but a good God has to die for bad people or none of us could make it. The Bible is true. Jesus says all must repent and believe (Mark 1:14-15) or die with the wrath of God on them (John 3:36b)…and that settles it.


Mieta November 3, 2017 at 4:33 am

Truth shared from God’s heart . Great insightful article.


SOLOMON RUSS January 21, 2019 at 1:11 am



Suzzy January 23, 2019 at 6:34 am

Thank you so much. You have been helpful.
God bless you and increase you in this call. Amen


TIMOTHY February 19, 2019 at 9:54 am



Elias March 7, 2019 at 4:42 am

Thanks a lot for the good work you are doing. I now understand the different forms of sacrifice. God bless you abundantly.


Martha April 29, 2019 at 9:44 am

Good day

Does God still wants us to bring sacrifices to the altar.I want to please God not men.


Karen May 4, 2019 at 8:51 am

Great article. My husband served in a church in city that wasn’t very good. We sent our kids to the public school in said city. We don’t really want to but felt that it was a good thing to do because it would serve as a mission field. It certainly did. A few years later a young preacher came to town to start a whiz bang church. As his family grew he moved them out of the city and lived in a small two. Where his kids would go to school. He also moved his church out of town to our skirts. All the whole saying his church motto was Love On A Mission. Neither he nor his wife were willing to truly make the sacrifices they had to make in order to truly reach the people God sent him to serve.


Samuel Murmu July 28, 2019 at 12:34 am

Blessed message for me.


serah njoki October 16, 2019 at 2:53 am

I have been blessed .


Zacheaus Taiwo October 31, 2019 at 5:37 am

God is ever faithful.


Mike December 29, 2019 at 1:14 pm

Isn’t Sacrifice the key component of Satanism?


Jack Wellman December 29, 2019 at 3:32 pm

Hello Mike. I don’t know the key component of satanism, but I believe it is Satan desiring (as he always has) worship from humans and now he has it. Sad to be sure.


Gilbert Phiri February 18, 2020 at 4:31 am

Did God only sacrifice Christ on one mission of sin


Jack Wellman February 18, 2020 at 8:54 am

Hello Gilbert. Jesus’ one-time death was a one-time mission for all time and for all people, even if it appears most will reject Him.


Eric March 2, 2020 at 4:54 pm

It a blessed message, I was doing a research on sacrifice and I chance on this and it was a blessing to me and a very deep insight. God bless you more.


Segun Olojuanu June 4, 2020 at 12:49 am

Please how many types of sacrifice is in the Bible and what are they stand for


Jack Wellman June 4, 2020 at 9:16 am

Hello friend. All of the sacrificial laws and rituals all pointed to Jesus’ coming work at Calvary someday. There was no natural means for forgiveness. No amount of animal sacrifices would be enough; the blood served as a reminder of the people’s endless guilt, the death that would come to them in the contrast between their own sinful nature and the consuming fire of Holiness.

Israel (now known as the Jews) knew that forgiveness required blood, and that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Mankind, deserving of death, could only be redeemed by the blood of something great enough to cover all humanity, and nothing could be that great but the Divine Himself. When Jesus Christ came, He was the perfect sacrifice, without blemish. As the animals offered had to be pure, He was perfect, without sin. And as death was required, someone had to die. The blood of life had to be poured out on the dead,


Jeremy December 23, 2020 at 3:49 pm

Appreciate… this word Sacrifice has been overlook in my life and thank you for the insight


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