Worshiping As A Living Sacrifice
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. ”
Romans 12:1 (ESV)
When we read of sacrifices in the Bible, we read of sacrifices that were typically taken to the priests to be offered up before God on our behalf. In one of the most memorable might-have-been sacrifices, Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his own son in obedience to God’s command. This story, I believe draws so many foreshadowing parallels to a human understanding of a God who would give His own Son to die upon a cross for us so that we could have hope of salvation – but it also made another change – it rid the need for traditional sacrifices.
Why? The alter was now an alter made of roman wood – a cross. The sacrifice…the child of God – slain for the sins of the world…His blood spilled as the ultimate sacrificial lamb. In doing so, He didn’t say “I’ve taken care of sacrifices from here on out…the work is over…rest easy.” The entire work of Jesus was anything but a work of saying “this will be easy”. Instead, through his work in Paul, He asked us to become “living sacrifices”.
It is easy to forget this on a daily basis. We have literally thousands of worldly distractions to keep us occupied. The lesson is still there: a sacrifice that was as pure as possible was given to God…and likewise we are to make our lives as pure as possible.
Before you commit this week to leading your congregation. Take a moment to reflect on your living sacrifice…your spiritual worship…and spend time in prayer to ask God what needs to be purged and pruned – and what needs to be nurtured to grow!
“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”