A Living Sacrifice
I have heard of a story. There was this pig and the chicken walking down the road together when they come upon a sign advertising a breakfast to benefit the poor. The chicken said to the pig: “We should donate to that worthy cause. How about if I give an egg and you provide the ham?” To which the pig replied, “Not so fast. For you that would be a contribution, but for me it would be a total commitment.”
Too many of us have made some contributions but we resist total commitment.
If you have sinned, if you have failed, if you have done wrong, then you are ‘qualified’ to ask for mercy. The word ‘mercy’ is plural in Greek. God is a God of infinite mercies. These are new and available every morning.
It is now 5:21am. I cannot sleep. I pray:
‘Lord I need Your mercy… I love You Lord…’
Mercy revealed is the key to the gate of worship. My body and its desires cannot control me. It cannot chose the place or the time of work, of rest, of love or service. It belongs to Jesus who died to purchase it. Jesus is my altar and He is worthy of my sacrifice (Heb 13:10)!
‘Therefore, my body, my soul, my spirit, stop complaining, stop desiring other places and other things for your pleasure alone. In sickness and in health, I command you to worship your Owner, to worship your Lover, to worship your God!!!’
This is accepted, reasonable and living sacrifice!