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.”
A living sacrifice. A daily decision to say no to the pleasure of this world. A living, breathing, moving sacrifice. Not dead and unable to be recycled, but always moving onto new assignments and impacting people/places every day. Who are we presenting our bodies as living sacrifices to? The living God. Living sacrifices before the living Father. Hallelujah.
Every day is a new day, full of mercy. A reset button is pressed in the heart of God, and we must do the same. To “die daily” to our own desires, dreams, passions. What does it look like to live daily as a living sacrifice? My life is spent in many ways, but are mainly comprised in a few groups: money, time, energy and relationships.
Help me to not only be willing, but to joyfully lay every area of my life on the altar. The joy that comes from Your presence - Your fiery love. Fire only falls on sacrifice. That we would be a living, burning sacrifice, like Jesus. Jesus will live within a glorified human body, displaying the wounds of His great sacrifice, for all eternity.
There is great joy in this sacrifice, for we are promised the exchange of God’s life for ours. “Those who lose their lives for My sake will find it.” “You will find Me if you seek Me with all of your heart.” The initial sense of loss, and fear of missing out, is soon replaced the exceeding joy of encountering His pleasure, His smile.
A holy sacrifice is purified by fire. So we will be, if we present ourselves before the Holy Flame of Love in faith and utter abandonment. Touch my heart with this seal of divine love, unlike anything this world has to offer. Overwhelm me, immerse me, capsize my life in Your love. That I have no fear, but am full of the fruit of the Spirit, leaking Jesus to everyone around me.
We get to lay every area on the altar, with no ties to this world and its fleeting pleasures. We get to exchange our life for His. The hell of this earth for the Kingdom of Heaven on this earth. We get to walk with God like Enoch, like Adam did in the Garden. Like Jesus did. We can all walk like Jesus did, who said it was His food to do the will of His Father – our Father. We get to die daily in the likeness of the Cross of Christ, with the promise of the resurrection and ascension in the likeness of Christ. We are seated with Christ in heavenly places. We get to abide in the burning heart of the Fellowship of the Trinity.
There is so much grace available to those who desire to be a living sacrifice. We don’t have to try our way to this place of dying to self; the grace of God is available to take us where we could never go in our own strength. It is His true joy to do so. He is so pleased with us. Hallelujah! Thank-you God for Your kindness to us in Christ.