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.
A Living Sacrifice
He used to be a Muslim. He had studied almost all of the world’s major religions. Now he was a Christian. Christianity struck him as unique. He said, “In my old religion, I was supposed to die for my god. In Christianity, I learn that my God died for me!”
God the Son, Jesus Christ, the eternally divine Savior, offered himself as a once-and-for-all sacrifice on the cross. Through that one-time, all-atoning sacrifice, we are forgiven. We are at peace with God. We receive the mercy of God eternally.
As we think of God’s mercy and the sacrifice of his Son, we are moved. We are amazed. We are changed. We are transformed. We were brought from spiritual death to new spiritual life in Christ by our baptism. Now we have the blessed opportunity to give ourselves to the One who gave himself for us. Our sacrifice of ourselves is not a “have-to” but a “want-to.” And our sacrifice of ourselves does not mean we die for our God, but that we live for our God. We breathe, we pray, we serve, we love, we worship as a living sacrifice to God—in our jobs, in our homes, in our congregation, in our community, in our relationships.
Do you struggle in a difficult relationship with someone who’s hard to love? Lay yourself down in sacrifice to them out of love for Christ.
Do your callings seem to require more from you than you would have chosen? Lay yourself down in sacrifice out of love for Christ.
Do you see a choice before you? Should you take the path that worldly wisdom suggests and do fine, OR follow the pattern of life taught in the Bible and it might cost you? Lay yourself down in sacrifice out of love for Christ.
His sacrifice saves you eternally. Your sacrifice is a life-long thank-you.
Lord Jesus, you gave yourself for me to save me. You gave me your promise of forgiveness through faith. I now give myself to you as a living sacrifice, that all I do, think, and say would thank you and serve others. Amen.
Source: WELS Devotions