“His forces will rise up and desecrate the temple fortress. They will abolish the daily sacrifice. . . (Daniel 11:31)
“Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary (Temple) of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?” (1 Cor 6:19)
“I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.” (Rom 12:1) Underlines and parenthesis are mine.
Before the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, the Jews would present their sacrifices everyday to God in the Temple. This was how they were able to get close to God. When the “despised person” (Dan 11:21) rose up and abolished the daily sacrifice this, in effect, took away their closeness to God. They could not communicate with Him.
Since Christ fulfilled the law of sacrifices, we no longer need a physical place, or Temple, to worship. We are the Temple and God lives in us. Our enemy continues this day to stop the daily sacrifices in the Temple, so that we are far away from God and He cannot fulfill his purpose for our lives. The antithesis of sacrifice is selfishness. In order to stop the daily sacrifices in our life, the enemy does not need to tempt us to be evil, he merely tempts us to be selfish!
In what ways are we sacrificing? In what ways are we selfish? How often have we put aside daily devotions because we don’t have time? How often do we watch TV when we feel the urge to pray? How often do we stop praying because we want God to act right now and He isn’t? How often do we sleep in that extra half-hour when we have purposed in our hearts the night before to get up and spend that time with God?
If we miss the sacrificial living, we will miss the calling on our lives.