Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 24:1‐25:28, Romans 12:1‐21, Psalm 22:19‐31, Proverbs 20:8‐10
Romans 12:1 – I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
- Brothers – Christians (context of Romans)
- By the mercies of God
- Present your bodies
- as living sacrifice
- acceptable to God
- which is your spiritual worship
On my off day this week, Rebecca and I spent two hours together in Starbucks. We were talking about an uncomfortable possibility for our family. After making a list of why to and why not to pursue the option, Rebecca a said: “All the reasons not to are selfish.” In an hour of prayer and conversation, God moved us from a point of reluctance in the sacrifice to a real point of excitement in the sacrifice. In a new way, God was allowing us to see how offering our body was truly a feeling of worship.
Apply: I want to look for ways to present my body as a “living sacrifice” at camp today.
Have you ever experienced the joy of offering yourself to God as a living sacrifice?
Yes! I know the joy of living sacrificially. However, I still (today included) go through times of fighting the tendency to want things my way…. With it comes feelings of stress, anxiety, and discontent. I’m praying that I’ll relax, trust, and worship the Father through the sacrifice of my will. Thank you for the reminder, Sam.
Cinda, I like your observation of sacrificing my will. I do pray that God’s will will overcome mine. Rebecca and I sat on our love seat this morning praying for God’s will to be come ours. Sometimes stress and anxiety gets in the way of us truly understanding it…