A Living Sacrifice

Paul writes:

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)

Sacrifice is giving up something to gain something better.

For instance, when a baseball player taps the ball down the first-base line, knowing he will be tagged out, but also that he’ll advance his teammate to a better scoring position, the strategy is called a “sacrifice bunt.”

The player gives up something (getting on base) to gain something better (helping his team score).

Under the Jewish sacrificial system, an Israelite would bring an animal without spot or blemish to the priest in the temple, who would kill the animal, cut it into pieces, and place it on the altar.

The temple worshipper gave up something (a prized animal) to gain something better (obedience to God).

When Jesus died on the cross, He became God’s perfect sacrifice. On Calvary, He paid the price with His own blood for all the sins of the entire world.

Jesus gave up something (His life) to gain something better (our salvation)!

Now, based on the mercy that He has shown through Jesus, God calls us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice.

The idea of a “living sacrifice” may seem paradoxical to us. After all, when an animal was sacrificed, it no longer was alive.

What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? It means that God wants you to surrender all you have – your mind, your emotions, your thoughts, your desires, your physical strength, your plans, your abilities, and everything else about you – in complete service to Him.

God’s greatest power comes to us when we are most surrendered to Him.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!