A Living Sacrifice
Everywhere you look, you see people in search of personal fulfillment. Even genuine Christians are bouncing around looking for emotional and spiritual fulfillment apart from Christ.
In Romans 12:1-2, Paul said that the key to personal fulfillment is to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to Christ, to avoid conformity with the world, and to be renewed in our minds by His Truth.
While the Scripture tells us that God, our loving Father, does chastise and discipline the disobedient child (Hebrews 12:5-8), the motive for surrendering our all to God should not be fear of chastisement and discipline, but from a heart of gratitude that says: "God, take everything. Everything belongs to you."
Paul said in Romans 12:1, "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." All God wants is somebody who will say, "Lord, I am ready to offer myself, my body, as a reasonable sacrifice. I am ready to give it all!"
Prayer: Father, I confess that I, too, often look for fulfillment apart from You. Help me to remember that I will only be fulfilled when I offer myself as a living sacrifice to You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is ñ his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Romans 12:2).
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