“So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. Moses then said to Aaron, This is what the LORD spoke of when he said: Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored. Aaron remained silent.” Leviticus 10:2-3
Nadab and Abihu decided to offer incense and fire before God without authorization or the proper way of doing it. After they did this God struck them with fire and killed them. Moses pointed out to Aaron that this is what God wants, that He wants to be honored at all times and proven holy.
During the times of the Old Testament there were many different sacrifices and offerings that needed to be done. Each one had to be done in a certain way and at a certain time. There was a set process of it being done. To do it any other way was to dishonor God and not follow His ways.
Today believers do not have to offer physical sacrifices and offerings of animals in the same way. Jesus has taken the position of all the animals being sacrificed.
However, believers today still have to make other types of sacrifices and offerings to God. Sacrifices and offerings of time, money and things can be given to God. These need to be given to God, but in a way that honors God.
Many people give their sacrifices and offerings in a way that is not honoring God. They brag about how much they have given to others. They expect others to be happy with what they have given or done. They want to be seen with what they have done.
God does not like that at all. He is not honored when you do something out of selfish ambition. God will not necessarily strike you down with fire, but He may lift His hand of blessing off of your life.
When you give an offering or do a sacrifice, do it in a way that truly honors God. Do not bring any dishonor to God. Honor Him with all of your life.
I pray today that God will reveal to you ways you can honor Him; that everything you do will bring honor to God; that you will do nothing out of selfish ambition; and that God will use you to draw others to Him.