“A Living Sacrifice”
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. Romans 12:1
Sacrifice: An offering of the life of a person or animal, or object, to God.
The Apostle Paul is urging the believer in Rome to offer their bodies as a LIVING sacrifice, HOLY and PLEASING to God, in view of His GREAT MERCY.
In the Old Testament times a sacrifice was given to be put to death, for the remission of sins. The Scriptures tells that “without the shedding of blood there is NO forgiveness.” But Paul was talking about the bodies of the believers being a LIVING sacrifice. A sacrifice that is ALIVE in Christ, SERVING and HONORING Him.
ALL believers SHOULD BE a LIVING sacrifice, HOLY and PLEASING to the Almighty God, who through the ABUNDANCE of His LOVE, MERCY and GRACE, has provided a HOLY, RIGHTEOUS, SACRIFICE for the REDEMPTION of ALL mankind, that being the ONE and ONLY SACRIFICE of His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, the Lord Jesus Christ.
So how do you become a LIVING sacrifice, HOLY and PLEASING to God? You can NOT do it by your own means. You MUST come to Him with a REPENANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU and ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, and then have a WILLINGNESS to OPEN yourself up to the LEADERSHIP and CONTROL of His HOLY SPIRIT. Then you will become a LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY and PLEASING to Almighty God, which will be your TRUE and PROPER worship.
If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE over to GOD, then you are LOST and you are LIVING an UNHOLY and PLEASING life for Satan, which will lead you to HELL, the place of torment, torture, heartache and pain. You can CHANGE your destination NOW, by coming to God with a TRULY REPENTANT HEART, and CONFESS your sins to Him, then ask Him for His FORGIVENESS, and BELIEVE with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a LIVING sacrifice, HOLY and PLEASING to God. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!