“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
More than a message to believe and be saved, the gospel is an example to be emulated. The principle of salvation is the same principle for service and ministry; if you truly understand the provision of salvation, it will challenge you to be a person of service and selflessness.
In Exodus 29, the Bible talks about two different animals that were used for sacrifice – a bull and two rams. The bull was for sin offering and it represented Christ. The first ram was for burnt offering and the second ram was for ordination offering. (Exodus 29:1-28, Ephesians 5:2, Hebrews 10:1-12).
In the New Testament, Apostle Paul explains how this is our in-Christ reality; in salvation, Christ was the required sacrifice but in sanctification you are the required sacrifice.
This explains Apostle Paul’s instruction in Romans 12:1 to present ourselves as a living sacrifice. What this means is that the totality of your life must be about God and His desires and not about yourself.
Don’t be that person who only thinks or prays about themselves, their plans, needs, and desires. You have been called unto a life of service and to serve effectively, you must learn to be a selfless person.
Here’s one thing you must always remember – as long as you are saved, you are a representative of God to people. Therefore, it must be your focus that people must benefit from the dividend of the wealth of your walk with God.
Don’t always have a consumer mindset; God is aware of all your needs and He will surely meet them. Rather, be conscious of what God is doing around you and seek to be a part of it (Matthew 6:33).
Pray selflessly for people, for the unsaved and the prosperity of the gospel everywhere, for those that are in bonds, for the body of Christ, that our eyes of understanding are opened and we grow in the knowledge of Christ. Learn to bear the burden of God and watch Him do for you what you can’t do for yourself.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Philippians 2:5-8 KJV
Have the mind of Christ; serve selflessly.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 1:67-80, Ephesians 3:1-13, Psalm 119:33-40, 1 Kings 8.