No Better Place to Live
For years, I worked with a youth ministry called Altaer. This unique name was derived from mixing the words altar and alter into one word. Based on Romans 12:1-2, we taught students that when you lay your life on the altar, your life will be altered.
This unique phrase served as a great reminder for students. Even after years of teaching this message, I find that I still need this reminder. Offering yourself as a living sacrifice is a daily choice. In sacrificing your own desires, you have a chance to align with God’s desires and experience transformation on a regular basis.
Romans 12:1-2 is a powerful reminder that as Christians we are called to be living sacrifices. The words sacrifice and living don’t seem to go together but as we dig into this passage, it’s clear that sacrifice is the only way to truly live.
Romans 12:1-2 says,
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, 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. 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—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
When you live sacrificially, your life is brought in line with God’s will. The process of testing and approving God’s will moves your knowledge of God’s will from a feeling or intellectual understanding to an actual experience. God’s will is described as good, pleasing and perfect. It’s true... sacrifice is the only way to truly live.
Is your life on the altar? How is your life being altered? How can you live sacrificially today?