I am currently reading Wife After God by Unveiled Wife, aka Jennifer Smith. This morning’s devotion was very powerful to me. I absolutely loved that it corresponded with what I am studying about service in Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado. It talked about pure joy.
She began with a story of a friend offering a small gift of encouragement to another friend when she was down. This small gift was a sacrifice because it took time and money for her to give it. But this sacrifice screamed “You’re worth it!”. When people believe that others are worth it, extraordinary things happen.
This friend did not consider her gift a sacrifice, she considered it joy. But through her actions, she shared Christ’s love with others.
Romans 12:1 calls us to be 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. (NIV)
Jennifer makes a great connection here. She points out that the “downfall with a living sacrifice is that it has the ability to get up and walk off the altar.”! Of course that happens when we focus too much on the world around us and not on God.
We are called to be Jesus’ hands and feet: to serve others in the name of our Lord. We best serve Him when we are serving those around us in His name and with His love. When you serve God it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice, it feels like joy– pure joy.
Jennifer poses a question that I want to offer up to you. Please respond. I would love to know what you think.
What does it mean to you to be a living sacrifice?