I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto god, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
We are a “living sacrifice” because it is so easy to do “our own thing”…. we have to deliberately CHOOSE to do God’s will instead of our own in every situation… otherwise we are really not sacrificing anything at all.
This is our “reasonable service” because Jesus Christ gave His all to save us…. He gave up His earthly life in every sense of the word….. not only His physical life did He sacrifice at the end….. but all the years before that He spent in service, helping and healing people… He could have had a selfish and “pleasure” filled life on this planet (in fact, that is what the devil encouraged Him to do during His temptations).
How are we fulfilling the commandments today ? …. let us check our lives and be honest before the Holy Spirit of God…
Are we putting God FIRST in our lives ? ….. before our own desires and pleasures ?
Are we putting other peoples needs as just important as our own ?
If we are honest…. it is not so….. most of the time, it is all about … me… me… me… although we make the occasional sacrifice…. we really find it very HARD to be a CONTINUOUS “living sacrifice” unto God.
Nevertheless, God has promised that if we will put His agenda above our own, we will find our own desires fulfilled as well…. consider Matthew 6:31 – 33 and Mark 10:29 – 30
It is never a “loss” to us to put God FIRST…. no matter how it may seem at the time…. ultimately, we will be amazed at God’s blessing when it comes…. read Proverbs 10:22
Prayer for Today:
Loving Heavenly Father, Help us to LOVE you more and SERVE you better…. in Jesus name we pray… Amen