A Living Sacrifice
Back when Isaac was a kid, he knew all about sacrifices. (Today you call it an offering and probably put money in a basket at church.) When Isaac lived, offerings were so much messier. Animals and blood were put on an altar to be burned and offered to God. (See where the term offering came from?)
One day, God told Abraham, Isaac’s father, “Put Isaac on the altar.” So he did. Isaac was about to be sacrificed as an offering!
Can you even imagine that God wants you to be sacrificed too? He tells you in Romans 12:1,2, “In view of all we have just shared about God’s compassion, I encourage you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate for you. Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think.”
You are now a living sacrifice. God doesn’t get the leftover time after you’re done playing on the computer or phone. He doesn’t get the scraps after sports. God wants you to stop thinking that the way the world lives is better than the life you’ve got. His compassion changes the way you think. God sacrificed his Son for you the way Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac. Now, God gets all of you. He gets the best of you.
Chomp on this!
Read how the story of Abraham and Isaac ends. You’ll find it in Genesis chapter 22.