– TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, in view of God’s mercies, that you offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your logical service of worship.” – Romans 12:1 (JCV)
Have you noticed that in many of his epistles, the apostle Paul uses the phrase “I beseech you”? I believe this is the way God likes to talk to us, and also the way we should learn to talk to each other. He doesn’t say, “I am God and I demand this!” He doesn’t fly into a fit of tyrannical rage and pounds His fist on the table to demonstrate His authority over us. Rather, He speaks to us very graciously and tenderly. Sometimes the Bible says , even in “a still small voice”. If we are not listening carefully, we could easily drown out what God is trying to tell us.
Under the Old Testament sacrificial system, they sacrificed bulls, goats, and other animals. They shed their blood in order to atone for sin and draw near to God in worship. But God was never pleased with this type of sacrifice: “in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure” (Hebrews 10:6). What God was really looking for were true worshippers that would love Him so much they would be wiling to please Him in every way, by sacrificing their own lives in service to Him.
Rather than a slain animal sacrifice – as in the Old Testament, God wants us to offer our bodies as a “living sacrifice” – not a dead one. He wants us to present our bodies as an instrument in His hands that He can use to accomplish His work here on earth in the hearts and lives of those around you.
We should wake up everyday and pray, “God, today my life is Yours. My body and mind and skills are available for You to use as You please. Lead me, guide me, and show me Your perfect will for my time here on this earth. I trust You completely with my life, for you always know what is best. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
– Pastor Luis Yosefus
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