August 10, 2022 – Romans 12: 1-2 – Living Sacrifice

Today we’ll continue with some of your favorites (or the passages you have questions about).  Email (andy@stm-umc.org) or message me with any passages you’d like added or that you have a question about!

Today we are looking at Romans 12: 1-2

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, on the basis of God’s mercy, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable act of worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. 

Once again, we look at a passage from Romans that so many of us love. Every time I read this passage, I think of a line from an old song by a Contemporary Christian group named Caedom’s Call: 

You say you want a living sacrifice
Well I am a burnt offering
Crawling off the altar and
Back in to the fire

I love that line so much.  We are a living sacrifice. But that means that we are alive. Which means we can get up and walk away from the alter. We are an offering that has free will. I desire to worship God; I desire to serve God, and I desire to please God.

But I am also sinful, and I have free will.  Meaning this living sacrifice is so often tempted to walk away. 

You have free will today.  You are a living sacrifice. You can choose this day to use every moment of your day as an act of worship.  Your work, your play, your time with family, all of. Every act, every moment, all of it, it is an act of worship to God.  Every moment is sacred; every moment is a gift. 

Every moment we can worship God and give glory to God. 

Your life is an act of worship.  

Or you can choose to get up off the altar and throw yourself in the fire.  You, and I, choose today, what we will do. We are a living sacrifice.  Let’s live today as an act of worship.  

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