Day 1: Living Sacrifices on the Altar of Obedience
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.Romans 12:1 (KJV)
Reflection: Paul tells us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices. This concept goes beyond the simple obedience of rules and regulations. Offering ourselves as living sacrifices means fully committing our lives to God’s will, embodying His purpose every moment of our days.
Illustration: Imagine you have a favorite chair in your house. It’s the seat you go to for relaxation, comfort, and rest. Now, consider giving up that chair to a guest who needs a seat. This act is a simple but real demonstration of sacrifice—putting another’s need before your own. Offering our bodies as living sacrifices to God means we give up our “favorite chairs” in life, prioritizing God’s will above our own comforts and desires.
Prayer: Lord, help me to present myself as a living sacrifice to You. Let my life be dedicated to Your service and not wrapped up in my own desires. Amen.