My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, May 31, 2012
A Living Sacrifice
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
(Romans 12:1 NASB)
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is,
that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
(Romans 12:2 NASB)
The Christian walk is not one which is to be taken lightly. We are
asked to literally offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. That
means that our physical life, the things that we do on a daily basis are
to be offered to God as a sacrifice to him. Not only are we to be
living sacrifices, but we are to be holy as well. A holy sacrifice,
meaning that every nook and cranny of our being has been made holy by
the presence of God's Holy Spirit. Our daily offering of ourselves
becomes our spiritual worship. The result is that we don't conform to
the world, but rather we are transformed into the likeness of Christ.
That is the transformation which occurs when we offer our entire being
as a sacrifice to God on high. We are constantly in a state of
transformation because our minds have been renewed because we are now in
Christ. The will of God is acted out within our lives because his will
becomes our will and the world can then see what God truly desires for
When I was a teenager my pastor preached a sermon series on the
book of Romans. I can still remember the place where I was sitting when
Dr. Gordon Wetmore preached his sermon from Romans 12. It's one of
those messages that has always stuck with me and at that tender age I
was moved by these words which challenged me to consider the life that
lay ahead of me, and what I would do with it! Was I going to go my own
way and do my own things, or was I going to be willing to offer my life
to God as a living sacrifice?
The words of this sermon stuck with me and the question of becoming a
living sacrifice haunted me. Was I willing to offer my life to him as a
living sacrifice? I had my own dreams, my own goals, my own ideas
about what I would become and what I would do with my life. However, a
few months after hearing this sermon, I remember very clearly turning
everything over to the Lord. I struggled and argued, but finally
realized what it meant to offer myself as a living sacrifice -- allow
God to take control of every part of my being and to use me for his
glory. My prayer is that my life is a reflection of him. My life journey has been one that I could not even have
imagined. It has simply been a journey with him each and every single
This call is for all of us. We are all asked to offer ourselves as
living sacrifices. The paths which life may take may not be what we
anticipate, but they will be ones that will allow God to get the glory.
Become a living sacrifice today!
Lord, please help my life to be a daily reflection of you to this
world and to lay down my rights to myself so that I might be a
continuous living sacrifice for you. Amen.