I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
To be a living sacrifice seems contradictory because sacrifices are usually dead. So how are Christians supposed to be living sacrifices? With sacrificial service, or worship, that is reasonable for someone who is genuinely grateful for what they have received from God. The goal of presenting oneself as a living sacrifice is service.
In Luke 1:74-75, Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, prayed that “we… might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.”
That is a beautiful model of what it means to live as a sacrifice to Christ. Dedicated people do not have the label; they demonstrate their dedication by going places and doing things for the cause of Christ. They act constructively as people committed to fulfilling Christ’s plans and purposes in this world.
Paul uses God’s mercies as the basis for his appeal to the believers in Rome. The core of Christian commitment to Christ – the believer’s motivation for giving him or herself wholly to God-is the mercy He has demonstrated toward His people. What God has already done for the Christian is the basis of everything the Christin does for God.
- Are you a living sacrifice?
- Are you serving God without fear?
Prayer: Father, I thank You for sending Your Son to sacrifice His life for me. Help me to be the living sacrifice that you can flow through in Jesus name. Amen!
Read: Romans 12:1-10
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