Do you find life hectic? Work demands seem to increase and expectations of a job description seem to stretch like a bungee!
All too often I think we miss out on the abundant life God wants so much for us. So how do we get it?
Well quite possibly Romans chapter 12 v 1 and 2 gives us a big hint… We read here:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Notice that the days of sacrifice are not over. We are to present our bodies a living sacrifice. Sacrificing has been transferred from the physical slaughtering of animals to the sacrifice of the self, from the slaying of a dumb and uncomprehending animal to the intelligent and deliberate choice of an understanding human, who is made in the image of God let’s not forget.
The principles of the sacrifices given in Leviticus 1-5 and so forth still apply to us under what the Bible calls the New Covenant God has with us, in their spirit. It is these principles that Paul is drawing on for this command. We are to present our lives as a sacrifice to God.
Remember, our salvation rests on the human sacrifice of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. First, He gave up His glory to become a man. Second, He sacrificed His life; for 33 ½ years, He laid it down as an offering to God, and as an example to us of perfect obedience. Finally, He gave up His human life as a sacrifice on the stake.
Sacrifice is a New Testament doctrine! It is on such a higher plane that there is no comparison with the sacrificing done in the Old Testament. Now we have to be sacrificed and much in the same way, in principle, that Christ was. But how? Many individual verses or paragraphs in the Bible explain that such things as prayer, thanksgiving, faith, and repentance are Christian sacrifices. Give time to these and my personal experience is that we begin to step through the doorway that leads to the “God planned abundant life”.
Have a good week