Father, we thank You for Your blessing over our family. Help us to be unified. Help us to speak the same language and share the same vision that You have for us. Lord, guide us and keep us on the right path. I pray that NO weapon formed against my family will prosper. No plot, ploy or scheme from the enemy will divide us or cause dissension in our house. Help us to stand in unity…preferring one another over ourselves and loving You above all else. In Jesus’ name,
Today, I will be a living sacrifice
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased
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Bible Reading: Romans 12: 1
I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will accept. Romans 12:1
MASKED ROBBERS enter a bank. Guns zip out a stream of bullets, and a security guard is hit twice as he shields an innocent customer in the line of fire. The customer escapes unharmed, but the guard dies on the way to the hospital.
A young child trying to cross a flood-swollen river falls in the swift current. A passing motorist plunges into the river and pulls the victim to safety. Exhausted from the ordeal, she is swept away and drowned.
It’s “the ultimate sacrifice,” laying down your life to let another live. These stories resemble the most heroic rescue of all time-the one that spared you from death. Because no one is holy like God, we all face judgment -death and eternal separation from our Creator. But Jesus became a man and died the death that all sinners deserve so we could live.
Here’s the wild part. God turns around in Romans 12:1 and calls you to do the same thing: to sacrifice your body-with one key change. He’s looking for a living sacrifice. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it-one of those figures of speech that ties together contradictory terms, like “pretty ugly” or “virtual reality” or “long-sleeved T-shirt”? “Living” and “sacrifice” don’t seem to fit together. After all, “sacrifice” usually means something dies.
Someday you might get the chance to be a hero. But in the meantime, God invites you to sacrifice your body and live to tell about it -and to do it again and again. One way to sacrifice your body without dying is by serving God and others with your abilities, time, and resources. It might look like this:
REFLECT: What changes do you want to make in order to offer your life as a living sacrifice?
PRAY: Spend some time right now praising Jesus for his sacrificial death for you.
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