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A Living Sacrifice First in a series of two

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” Romans 12:1.

Having taken on the task of giving the Roman church sound doctrine in the first section of the epistle, the Apostle Paul here begins instruction on some practical aspects of living a life for Jesus. Since the concept of sacrifice was well engrained into the lives of people in that day, he uses that analogy to make his point.

Whereas the sacrifices of the Old Testament were blood offerings requiring the death of the sacrificed, the sacrifice required in the New Testament is alive—it is the living body of the sacrificer.

The apostle’s point is direct and clear: the Christian who wants to be what God wants Him to be will give of himself liberally and unselfishly.

Those of us who seriously want to go to Heaven do not have to be begged to serve—we do so enthusiastically. And when we do, it doesn’t make us exceptional: it is just service expected of a faithful servant.

"Thought for the Week - 06/28/2015" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.