“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” Romans 12:1 NLT
People will sacrifice a lot for what they want. They will sacrifice marriage and family. They will sacrifice character, they will sacrifice friends for their own personal gain.
But Christ calls us to a different kind of sacrifice. A sacrifice that benefits everyone. It’s a sacrifice that gives life.
Paul the apostle is encouraging the believers in Rome to offer up their lives to God. It is not a physical sacrifice that we might picture, but one that means we are willing to submit our lives fully to Him. It’s a living sacrifice, meaning we are willing to sacrifice our will for His, our plans for His plan, our desires become His desires. That’s what Holy living is.
This sacrifice is an act of worship in light of God’s goodness and mercy. This sacrifice will resurrect your marriage, relationships and family.
This is the only sacrifice that pays off, it is the only sacrifice that will make your heart full, it is the only sacrifice that will bring great joy. So, lay down your life to find life.