In the book of Romans chapter 12 verse one, it says for us to present our bodies as living sacrifices. What does this really mean? In the Old Testament, the people of God had to present an animal sacrifice to the priest whenever they committed a sin. The priest then had to kill and place the animal sacrifice on an altar as a means of atonement for the sin committed. The person was to come to the priest and to God with a spirit of sorrow and repentance. Then God would accept the sacrifice and forgive the person of their sin. Today, we are under grace rather than the law, and we are not required to bring an animal sacrifice to God. However, in Romans it says to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. We are still alive, but yet we are told to present to God in this way. This may mean that while we are alive, we must die to our selfish desires that are not holy. We must surrender our minds and our hearts to God. This requires a daily relationship with Him. We should go to Him on a regular basis and tell Him how we are feeling. We surrender our hearts to him by reading His Word and obeying His commands. God has once and for all provided the supreme sacrifice in Jesus Christ when He died on the cross for our sins. Now we must confess Jesus each day by asking Him to fill us with His Holy Spirit. Each day we become more like Christ when we live in this way. Let’s honor God today with our whole heart by surrendering it to Him.
Pastor David Greenidge