Monday – November 13, 2017 – A Living Sacrifice.
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The Scripture you just read is one of those, “therefore” Scriptures. Paul had written in Romans chapters 1-11 a description of what Christianity is all about. The word “therefore” is referring to those 11 chapters. Essentially, he is summarizing in these two verses the essence of what it means to be a Christian. At the heart, being a Christian means living a life of sacrifice; offering our bodies means to offer all of who we are as living sacrifices.
The Greek word for sacrifice has to do with dying. It is deliberately paradoxical. It means that our lives are to be living dying lives. It is not the word for sacrifice that has to do with living with less because of your generosity; it means dying to yourself. It means giving up the right to determine for yourself how you are going to live. According to Isaiah 53:6 (NIV) We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. It is because humanity had decided to turn away from God’s guidance and go their own way that Jesus had to die, but His sacrifice was once and for all. He died one time and the benefits of His death is available to everyone. We, on the other hand die daily. We remind ourselves each day that our lives do not belong to us, our decisions do not belong to us, our existence is not because of us. Everything that we say, do and think is because God created us and because He wants to be with us for eternity and that is why He redeemed us.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for sacrificing Your life to enable me to sacrifice mine. I now live my life for others and when I do, it gives greater meaning to Your sacrifice.