In John 4:23,24, Jesus tells us that as believers; the most important role we could ever fulfill is the role of a true worshiper. Worship is simply a passionate expression of our love, honor and reverence for God... acknowledging who He is, what He has done and what He will do in our life. True worship isn't just having an altar, the place where we worship God. It must also include an acceptable sacrifice, if we want to please God and attract His presence. Without an acceptable sacrifice; it's not true worship, but what is an acceptable sacrifice? It is offering something to God that is valuable to you and costs you everything. Whatever form that sacrifice takes, (such as time, talent, money, praise or just your daily life style) it must be the best you have or it's not worthy of an awesome God! 1. Your best will cost you something and if it doesn't...its not your best. God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac as an act of worship. He didn't tell him to just offer anything or either one of his sons. If God wasn't specific; Abraham might have offered up Ishmael instead of Isaac. It would have been easier to offer Ishmael (his illegitimate son) because it didn't cost or hurt him as much as giving Isaac (the legitimate, promised son). But then it wouldn't have been true worship to God; it wasn't an acceptable sacrifice (1 Peter 2:5) 2. Don't give God an "Ishmael offering" in your praise, tithe, commitment, etc.; give Him your best! But remember; giving your best requires the crucifying of your flesh. God wants first place in every area of your life (money, family, talent, resources and your most treasured possessions) 3. The following are a few acceptable sacrifices that attract God's presence: walking in forgiveness, loving and doing good to your enemies; giving Him thanksgiving and praise when times are tough, giving your first fruits through tithes and offerings, living holy before Him and giving Him the best time of your day- fasting and praying. 4. Worship is not just paying lip service (Isaiah 29:13). People say they love God, but their body language (actions) tells another story. They say the right things and appear to be giving their all to Him, but their hearts are not with Him. 5. In Hebrews 11:4; it says our sacrifice has a voice; what is your sacrifice saying to God? Is it telling Him that He is the most valuable and important person in your life? Does it say, "God you are the center of my life and I can't and won't live without you"? Does it tell God how grateful you are for the sacrifice, mercy and unconditional love He's blessed you with? And does it express your honor and reverence to the all-powerful and all-holy God? 6. Let's please our heavenly Father and pledge ourselves to be the true worshipers of Yahweh Adonai that He longs us to be. He is the one and only true God. Remember; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob sacrificed His best for us.....He is worthy to be worshiped!!!!