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“Therefore I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1
This has always been a really interesting Bible verse about sacrifice to me. There are a lot of elements in this verse worth talking about. First off, I find it really interesting that Paul says that we are living sacrifices and not just sacrifices. What does that mean? To me, being a living sacrifice means that I always have a choice. I’m constantly in decision on whether to stay on the altar or to get up and leave. Paul is saying that each of us has the choice. He’s pleading with us, starting off, “I urge you brothers.” That means that the choice is with each of us. Will we have the sacrifice and selflessness of heart to offer ourselves in service to God?
But probably the most interesting part of this verse is how Paul declares that when we sacrifice, it’s actual a spiritual act of worship. That’s pretty amazing. Most people consider worship to be sitting in church and singing a song or two. But what if real worship is really all about sacrifice? What if God doesn’t want to hear praises from a person that hasn’t surrendered or had the selflessness to offer their bodies as living sacrifices to Him? That would be something that all of us really would need to think about.