A sacrifice is something that is a loss to oneself and a gain to God. A sacrifice of praise is a praise that is rendered to God at one’s own loss. A sacrifice of sharing or giving is giving something to God at one’s own expense.
We do not have adequate praise in the bread-breaking meeting because we fall short in sharing and giving. We must give to the extent that we “feel” our giving. In other words, we have to give to the extent that we can sense the loss. Only this kind of offering can be considered a sacrifice. When we do this, we will spontaneously offer up the sacrifice of praise. If we give in a casual way, our praise will not be high. If we do not have the sacrifice of giving, we will not have the sacrifice of praise. The apostle told us to offer up a sacrifice of praise. Then he spoke of the sacrifice of giving. The word “but” in verse 16 means that something will follow. In addition to the sacrifice of praise, there is still something that follows. The phrase “do not forget” refers to the fact that it is most easy for men to forget. What should we not forget? We should not forget doing good and sharing with others. Then the apostle explained, “For with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” The apostle considered doing good and giving as a kind of sacrifice, and he pointed out that they are sacrifices that are well pleasing to God. (The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, Set 2, Vol. 43: Conferences, Messages, and Fellowship part 3, ch. 23)