5th December 2019

A Living Sacrifice

“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.”
Romans 12:1 (NIVUK)

This week the leaders of 29 countries gathered in London at the NATO Summit, which marked 70 years of military cooperation in the Western world following the end of World War 2. I was born in March 1945, a few weeks before World War 2 ended. That war resulted in the deaths of millions of men, women and children. Many have not been able to realize their dreams of what we take for granted today: a family, a home, a good job, education, peace, safety and prosperity.

Today, those of us who live in the western world enjoy these blessings. But these blessings that we enjoy and maybe take for granted, came at a price. Many men and women sacrificed their lives so that we can live in peace, safety and prosperity since the end of World War Two, over 74 years ago! We owe it to them to be thankful, appreciative and to remember what they did so that we can be given this window of opportunity to live in peace and safety.

The aggression of one nation led by an evil regime meant that someone had to take a stand against them or else we would be living in a completely different world today! That meant many lives had to be sacrificed. We give them due respect. The ultimate sacrifice was made by Jesus Christ who paid the price for the sins of mankind, past, present and future. Romans 4:25 says “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”

What about us, who are the recipients of God’s grace through Jesus Christ, and also the freedoms that we enjoy today as a result of the sacrifice of others? As shown in the anchor scripture above, we are called to be living sacrifices! This is how the Message bible translates Romans 12:1. “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.”

Prayer
Father in Heaven, thank you for this wonderful opportunity that you have given us to worship you in peace and safety. Thank you for those men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy this freedom. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott
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About the Author:
Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the congregation of Grace Communion Church in Lewes. Like us on www.facebook.com/GCLewes

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion in Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street
LEWES
BN7 2NS

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: lewes@gracecom.church

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