A Daily Choice: Sacrifice or Selfishness?

June 4, 2013 | Tags: ,

Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.

-Romans 12:1

Every day, we have a choice. There are only two options, and there is no gray area in between. We must choose to sacrifice, or if not, by default, we choose selfishness. Sacrifice will lead us to Jesus, selfishness will lead us away from Him. Each and every time.

Another rendering of “spiritual worship” in Romans 12:1 is “reasonable service.” Because of God’s great mercy in sending His Son Jesus to be the sacrifice for our sins, thereby cleansing us and setting us free to live as Christ would have us live, our “reasonable service” is to offer ourselves back to Him in every single way. We have little to give, relatively speaking, but in Christ, He multiplies our sacrifice to bear enormous fruit for all eternity. What we have–our gifts, talents, time, and resources–we give back to Him as He guides and directs us how to use them. He is the giver of all these things anyway–they don’t belong to us. We are to give back to Him with open arms, every single day, one day at a time. This is how we are living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is our spiritual worship. Anything less is selfishness.

This is an enormous responsibility, but Jesus never claimed following Him would be easy. We cannot do it in our flesh–we must allow the Holy Spirit to do the work in us. Our flesh is weak, sinful, selfish, prideful. It wants to look out for “number one.” But in Christ, we can let go. We can allow the Holy Spirit free reign by making the choice, through prayer and time in God’s Word to renew our minds, to let go and let Christ reign in our hearts and lives. He will direct us in His perfect way. And it will always involve sacrifice. Always. As Henry Blackaby said, “You cannot stay where you are and go with God.”

23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. 25 What is a man benefited if he gains the whole world, yet loses or forfeits himself? (Luke 9:23-25)

What will you choose today–sacrifice or selfishness?

By Courtney Silberman

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