Getting off the Altar

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. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-3

We are to offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices.  The Old Testament system of worship was established on the basis of sacrifice: Bulls, goats, lambs, and doves.  These animals obviously did not make it through the act of sacrifice.  Yet, we are called to be “living sacrifices.”   Richard Foster once wrote that the problem with a living sacrifice is that it always wants to get off the altar.  You can’t be a living sacrifice merely on the weekend.  You can’t be a living sacrifice on a part-time basis.   Once you run from the altar, you must return and bow your life before God.

Romans 12:1-3 also speaks of being transformed through the renewing of your mind.   The renewing of your mind is a continual process.  It is a daily event.  We are constantly in the world.  How often are we in the Word?  We are constantly bombarded with things of horror and hate.  How often do we encounter the holy?

May you offer yourself as a living sacrifice this week.  May you be transformed through the renewing of your mind.

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