“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. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
In Romans 12 1-2, it talks about being a living sacrifice. Being a living sacrifice will show others how great God is. Being a good example, can lead others to God. Everywhere you go and everything you do can be seen by others. Some people that you are around your whole life may be influenced positively even more because of your faithfulness to His work. Even your enemies will see the glory of god in you, and might change them. Not all will change but some may, or they may not like the glory of God but it will show them him and plant a seed. God does so much for us and shows lots of mercy in our day to day experiences. This is a way to give back to him. It may not be easy to be a living sacrifice, but we need to do it for the glory of God. Sometimes you don’t want to be a sacrifice but we can help each other on being better and better throughout our lives by doing life together as a body of believers. Live and love like Jesus!
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
- What ways in your life can you be a “living sacrifice?”
- Have you been encouraged or positively influenced by someone else’s faithfulness?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Today’s post is by Matthew Worley