27th March 2012

Living Sacrifices

“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Romans 12:2 (NLT)

We are inclined to think that God wants us to give up things (and he does) and the ultimate sacrifice is death.  But God wants us to be living sacrifices, not dead ones.  God showed Abraham this when he went to sacrifice his son, Isaac (Genesis 22:9-15).

When Peter mistakenly told Jesus he was willing to die with him, Jesus told Peter that was not what would happen (Luke 22:33-34, 61).  Jesus was sacrificed for all and so for anyone else to be sacrificed like that was unnecessary.  We now have to be living sacrifices (Hebrews 10:12).

We tend to forget we have been born again and our lives are not our own.  As Paul said, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you.  Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable.  This is truly the way to worship him.” (Romans 12:1)

God will never fail us, as it says in Hebrews 13:5, “For God has said, ‘I will never fail you.  I will never abandon you.’  So we can say with confidence,  ‘The Lord is my helper so I will have no fear.  What can mere people do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5 KJV)

Thank you, Father, for showing us what you require of our lives.  As dead sacrifices we would no longer be of use to you, but as living sacrifices we can set the right example.  We know you are always there to help and will never abandon us.

Study by Jill Newman

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