Monthly Archives: June 2016

What is a living sacrifice?


Romans 12:1-2 tells us “So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect (Good News Translation).”  In The Message, the phrasing comes closer to what I believe it to mean, when it says, “1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

The sum total of who you are and what you do is what Jesus wants “for this is your spiritual act of worship,” your “living sacrifice.”  Everything we do can be sacred if we are living sacramentally – completely set apart for God’s use.

Reclaim what was lost in the Fall by pushing back the darkness, even if only for a short time, by living sacramentally, intentionally Christian, in all of life, everything you do and say.