By Gerry Wakeland
Have you ever done anything you did not really understand?
When I was seven years old I invited Jesus into my heart. At the time I knew two things, I loved Him and I did not want to burn in hell. What I did not completely understand was what it meant to be a fully devoted follower of Christ. Even now I’m still learning what this looks like in my life.
In today’s reading the words that spoke to me are these,
“Therefore, I urge you, my 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.”
When I think of the word sacrifice, I am reminded of the story of Abraham and Isaac. Abraham loved Isaac so much, but in his obedience and love for God he was willing to place this young man on an altar as a living sacrifice.
Paul’s words tell us to do the very same thing – “to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice.” He goes on to say that this is our “true and proper worship.”
What does it mean to be a “living sacrifice?” To me it means to surrender everything I am, everything I have, and everything I hope for, to my Lord and Savior. This is how I worship Him, how I demonstrate my love. It’s not always easy. It couldn’t have been easy for Abraham to bind the son he loved and lay him on the altar. But he did it. God loved each of us so much that He gave His only son. Jesus loved us so much that He gave His life.
How about you? Are you willing to offer your body as a living sacrifice no matter the cost? Can you, in love and obedience, worship your Lord by placing your body on the altar of love?
When you are able to do this then you will have learned what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Christ.
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