A Living Sacrifice


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"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
 
Paul is begging us, people of God, those of us who have trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior, to offer our bodies to God.
How?
First, keep in mind God's mercy. His mercy is Him NOT giving us what our sins deserve.
 
So, keeping that in mind, realizing that we SHOULD BE way worse off than we are, we are to (continually) offer our bodies to Him by doing in the physical what pleases God.

When I was coming up, this just meant no smoking, drugs and alcohol (drunkenness), and no premarital sex. Those things are absolutely important and are certainly applicable, but what else are we doing to our bodies?

What are our eating habits like? What is our exercise routines? What are we adorning ourselves with? How much rest and sleep are we getting? I know we as wives and moms serve our husbands and families, but that is not an excuse to neglect our bodies. Can we make sacrifices in physical areas that are pleasing to God?

Are we doing in the body what will help us in the spiritual? Are we offering our bodies by taking care of them, so that we can do Kingdom work here on earth?

The point is this, it's going to be awfully hard to serve God spiritually if our physical man is on the fritz! Let's take care of our bodies, offering them to God by the very things we do in them, so that He can use us to the fullest!

Growing Home


6 comments:

  1. I thought you would enjoy this article a dear friend sent me. I couldn't find your email, so I hope you don't mind me putting the link here. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-stearns/goodbye-christian-america-hello-true-christianity_b_2082649.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share) It blessed me. :)

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  2. This is a great reminder, Stacie. It's true, if our physical selves are "on the fritz," we certainly cannot serve God or our families with the full diligence of our heart and soul.

    BTW, I love your new avatar. :)

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  3. Hi Anne,

    Thanks for the link to the article. It was refreshing reminder of our calls as Christians. Thank you so much for the encouragement, as I have been disappointed lately by the things going on in our society.

    God bless you, friend.

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  4. Hey Mara!

    Yep, it's hard to serve if we're physically out of it!

    Thanks, I thought it was time to update the pic. :)

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  5. Hi Mommas Sunshine,

    Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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