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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. Romans 12:1-2

For most of my Christian life, I have heard Romans 12:1-1 taught from a position of sexual purity, but today God opened my eyes to another view. As we contemplate sacrifices and the importance of presenting sacrifices that are without blemish, let us think in terms of how we can make decisions that can make our sacrifices less than pleasing to God.

According to Strong’s Complete Word Study Concordance, the word for sacrifice in Romans 12:1 is thusia, and in this context it means “of service, obedience, praise offered to God, an offering, oblation (offering to God)”. For many of us who are in ministry, we often take on and do as much as we can for the Kingdom of God. We often wholeheartedly serve in different ministry areas, yet we hardly plan for time-off to physically rest and rejuvenate the bodies that He has given us – the same bodies that we are to present ‘holy and pleasing to God’.

I have been told that in any organization, there are always three types of individuals:

  1.   Those who always take on more than their fair share of work,
  2.   Those who will do just enough to get by.
  3.   Those who can be counted on to ‘pick-up the slack’ where others fall short

It is not uncommon to find these individuals in churches.

Our entire bodies are to be presented to God – our entire bodies and all we do whether we sleep, eat, rest, work … whatever we do needs to be a living sacrifice. There is no doubt that there is much to be done, especially in these last days. Sometimes it is hard to walk away, but are we doing the right thing when we overcommit and under-rest? If we are tired and worn-out from doing what we believe to be the work of God, are we able to offer ‘true and proper worship’?

Sometimes a simple ‘I am sorry, but I cannot take this on’, will leave more room in our day to spend time with our Papa, or simply to rest. While we acknowledge that God is more than able to sustain us through what He has called us to do, we also acknowledge that God Himself rested. Jesus told us to come and rest in Him. Rest is important in the life of a Christian.

May God grant us clear revelation so we know when to step forward.  May He also give us the wisdom and understanding to know when to step back and allow others to move forward, and may we find peace in the moments we choose to let go.

What God has ordained must be fulfilled – we need not worry that if we can’t do what needs to be done, then it won’t be done at all.

We are called to present our bodies as living sacrifices. We are not to conform to the expectations of the world, but to experience transformation that comes from having our minds renewed, then (we) “will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. When we know His will we can walk in His will, accomplishing what He has called us to do with the bodies He has given us.

Inventory / Introspection: How can I make sure my body is always presented to God as a living sacrifice? 

Personal Application:  Scheduling time away from ‘frontline’ ministry does not mean I am not offering a sacrifice that is pleasing to God.

Dear Father, we give you thanks for the bodies you have given to us. We know that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made!’

We confess that we don’t often treat our bodies the way we should. Please forgive us for the times we have neglected meaningful rest and meals and other ‘transgressions’ as we hurry about doing what we understand needs to be taken care of.  Help us to honestly weigh our schedules, and to make the right decisions when work needs to be done.

Eating well, resting well, and working smart are ways in which we can keep our bodies in ‘living sacrifice’ mode. Help us to make the decisions that enable us to offer worship that would give You the greatest glory.

Amen.

Blessings,
ann


Toni R
(c)
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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. Romans 12:1-2

Children are taught that square pegs do not fit into round holes, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. Some have managed to fit the pegs into the holes, but not without significant damage to said pegs and holes.

As children of God, we do know that we are called to live a life of holiness, but sometimes we find ourselves making adjustments as we try to fit into situations that were not meant to accommodate us. Sometimes the adjustments may be blatant and obvious, at other times they are subtly deceptive and we may find we keep moving the boundary lines inch by inch, until we are miles away from where we need to be. The people we hang out with, the books we read, the music we listen to, the television programs and movies we watch, and the policies and platforms we vote for should reflect the Christ within us.

Christians are not called to a life of popularity. We are called to follow Christ. Our primary goal should be to live the life that pleases Christ, even if it does not sit well with the crowd. In James 4, we see that friendship with the world makes us God’s enemies. If we choose not to stand for “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable … excellent or praiseworthy”  (Philipians 4:8),  we might find ourselves nursing wounds that come from trying to fit into what He has called us to separate ourselves from.

Inventory/Introspection: What are the little things that could cause me to subconsciously or unconsciously move His boundary markers?

Personal Application: Standing up for Christ means that sometimes I will stand out. It can feel like a lonely place, but I have His assurance that He is with me and that He will never leave me. When I stand up for Christ, I am never standing alone.

Father, we are thankful for Your Word and the guidelines You lay out for us to follow for our own good. You love us so much that You have prepared a way for us to live eternally in You. (John 3:16) 

The consumer nature of our present world makes it easy for us to access ‘things’. Some are beneficial and good for us, others can lead to sin in our lives. Help us to be aware of the little things that can become issues later on. Your Word shows that a little yeast affects the whole dough. (Galatians 5:9) A little compromise can affect our own Christian walk, and when we are weak, we can also put our brothers and sisters in Christ at risk by introducing them to practices and possessions that can cause them to grow weaker in their faith.

Help us to walk as Christians, even if we become like square pegs that cannot fit into the world’s expectations of us. We have no desire to be battered and beaten up, so help us to remain true to the ‘shape’ that we are supposed to be. We have no reason to find friendship with the World. We are Yours, and we are thankful for Your unfailing love.

May we never forget who we are as we go about our daily lives. May Christ be our focus whether we are simply choosing a book to read, or electing a leader. We do not need to cut corners or seek favours from man in order to be successful in Your eyes. We have no reason to compromise if we trust You to take care of whatever concerns us, be they large, small or in-between.

We choose to be non-conformists as far as following this world is concerned. We will follow only You.

Amen.

Blessings,
ann

Toni R
(c)

Except where indicated, Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
© Anthonette Anderson and Tonirand’s Blog, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anthonette Anderson and Tonirand’s blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.