Sunday, June 5, 2011

Weekly Verse

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

After observing Communion today in church and thinking and reflecting on the word sacrifice and what that means for me, I have had this verse continually coming to mind.  God speaks by the Holy Spirit through scripture and I know that this is a passage in which I need to study and pray about this week.  When I think about the sacrifice of Jesus - his body, blood - his life, my initial reaction is always thankfulness, amazement and love but then I can't help but stop and think about my own life in my life a living sacrifice and what should that look like daily?  Here are some definitions that come up when looking at the word sacrificeForfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim. * Something so forfeited. * Relinquishment of something at less than its presumed value. * Something so relinquished. * A loss so sustained. * To forfeit (one thing) for another thing considered to be of greater value. * To sell or give away at a loss.
We can definitely tell after reading through these definitions that a sacrifice means giving up of something - not just something but something of value.  Are we living sacrificially daily?  What is my daily loss and is it given away joyfully?  Is our act of worship - or daily living- holy and pleasing to our God?  Big things to think on this week.  I pray that God's word is alive for you this week.  "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."  Hebrews 4:12

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