We have often heard it said that it is not just ‘what’ we do, but ‘why’ we do it. It is possible to do the right thing, but for the wrong reason. It is also possible to do the right thing, but with the wrong spirit.
The Bible says – ‘Do everything without grumbling or arguing…’ (Philippians 2:14) We read from the book of Psalms – ‘Serve the LORD with gladness…’ (Psalm 100:2) There should always be joy in our service to God and according to Christ, even something as simple as a cup of cold water can bring Him glory if it is given with the right spirit and for the right reason. (see Mark 9:41)
Consider Paul’s attitude about serving God – ‘But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.’ (Philippians 2:17-18)
One of the least known offerings in the Old Testament is the ‘Drink Offering.’ Unlike many of the other sacrifices and offerings, the Drink Offering focused more on the attitude than the actions. Perhaps the best word to describe the spirit of the Drink Offering is the word – ‘joy.’
According to Numbers 15:1-12, the Drink Offering was to be made in conjunction with the Burnt Offering. ‘…and also bring half a hin of wine as a drink offering. This will be a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.’ (vs. 10) Whereas the Burnt Offering might be best described with word ‘consecration’, the Drink Offering might best be described with the word ‘joy.’ The Drink Offering was an expression of the joy they found by making the offering, and the joy God found by receiving it.
Paul did not grumble and complain about his service to God. Instead he rejoiced over the opportunity to give his life as an offering to his Savior. Paul said, “My life is being poured out like a sacrifice to God; yet I am not sad, but instead I rejoice!”
As we live out the Christian life we are called upon to make many personal sacrifices. Some sacrifices may be as small as holding our tongue when we would like to speak our mind, and other sacrifices may be as great as laying down our lives. Regardless of what the situation demands, we must always keep in mind that it is not just ‘what’ we do, but ‘why’ we do it.