Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Romans 12:1-2 -- On Living Sacrifices

"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.
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."
Romans 12:1-2

The idea of a living sacrifice is interesting, and I feel like the idea is, instead of sacrificing everything, to stay within the boundaries that the Lord has set.  This is sometimes a huge sacrifice, when our personal desires fall outside those boundaries, as they have a tendency to do.  God can help us change those desires, but it is hard, and until it becomes what we truly want, it is going to continue to be difficult.

God gives us some hints about how to do it here though.  We can't listen to the world or conform to it.  We have to be different.  We have to transform by the renewing of our minds, which to me seems like we need to change our minds as well as our hearts, and let God renew us... showing us how things really work, and what is really important, which is so different from what the world sees as important.

Today, let's explore the idea of a living sacrifice.  What does it mean to dedicate ourselves to God, and how will that change us?  As we think about that, let's talk with God about it and ask him what the first step is.  He will help us know how to move forward, and I am certain that if we work at it, it will always change us for the better, because God is the source of all Good. :)

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