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2023 08 02

Good morning.

Paul's instruction to us is: "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." (Romans 12:1)

In the Old Testament, sacrifice was a means of atonement. When a person sinned, he or she brought an animal to the altar, and through its death, reconciliation was accomplished. Thankfully, there is no need for our blood to be shed; Jesus took care of that when He died on the cross for our sins.

It means, however, that our lives should be surrendered to the Lord. A surrendered life involves commitment. It’s a decision to defer to God’s will and Holy Spirit instead of following our own preferences.

True freedom and joy are found when we yield to Christ. Psalm 16:11(NKJV) says it best: “In Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”

Becoming a living sacrifice sounds like a tall order - and it is. But it’s a call we face with Jesus by our side. Remember: He is our constant companion and wants to help us.


Mike and Daphne

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