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Sacrifice

Romans 12:1–2 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. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid? Are you holding back something from service to God? Is all your life being lived to glorify His name or are you reserving a part of your life for your own pleasure and praise? What part of your life do you need to yet yield to Him, and make a clear break from worldly pleasures that vainly call you, that you may be fully useable to Him?

So many Christians believe that if they fully surrender their all to the Lord, then they will miss out on something good. Nothing could be farther from the truth! God’s ways are always the best and intended for our good (Romans 8:28-29). He does all things well, and knows much better than we, what is most beneficial for us. You can put the things of God to the test for yourself. God guarantees that in the end His will is all sufficient for your need. You will not lack any good thing (Psalm 34:10).

No amount of sacrifice on our part could ever compare with the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior (Matthew 10:38-39). His many blessings through salvation that we enjoy should prepare our hearts to trust Him for making the everyday choices which fall in line with His desires. He served and serves us as our Master, yet are we serving Him as His bondslaves with all of ourselves in purity. We are not our own and are bought with a price, thus having the joy of glorifying God with our bodies and spirits (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Therefore, let each of us dedicate our whole being to devoted and determined worship that is in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). May we abide in the truth of the Word of God with minds that are disciplined and discerning. It is incumbent upon each of us to depart from the detrimental influences of this sinful world and its philosophies, and direct our gaze upon the delights in the heavenly realm as we dependently turn over our hearts to the Spirit’s control (Colossians 3:1-2).
 

GREATER JOY & FULFILLMENT COMES WITH SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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