Living Sacrifices – My Daily Bread!
Our call to sanctification before God is taken from Romans 12: 1-2 which reads:
“Therefore I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer 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.”
Paul knew intimately the sacrifices necessary in order to follow Jesus. Even though he was persecuted throughout his ministry for preaching the gospel; he did not let this discourage him from going to Jerusalem or to Rome at risk to his life. In the end he truly understood that no longer were the sacrifice of bulls and goats needed to attain to the righteousness of God. The sacrifice was made once and for all by Christ at Calvary; and our ‘spiritual act of worship’; our response to this ‘indescribable gift’ is to willingly give of ourselves to fulfill God’s ‘perfect will’ here on earth.
The ‘then’ statement implies that we will be able to more accurately discern God’s will in our lives if we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. Have you ever had trouble knowing if what you are about to do is of the Lord or of your own desires? We all have. When we find ourselves in that place Saints, it is likely that we are still patterned after the world.
Our minds focused on the world’s value system and concerns can cloud our view of God’s ‘good, pleasing and perfect will’. It is as if our spiritual compass is off; it’s pointing toward the world when it should be pointing toward God, in this case it is impossible to arrive at the place that God would have us be– in His will.
Are your living sacrifices holy and pleasing before God? Has your life been transformed and your mind renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit? Dearly beloved Sisters, let us put off the patterns of this world which God has reserved for destruction and imitate Christ our Savior who “gave himself up as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5: 2)
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