May 25: A Living Sacrifice
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Romans 12 begins with the word, therefore. This is the author’s way of saying, “Here comes a summary of everything I’ve written up until now.”
The NIV translation of Romans 12:1 reads, 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. The ESV Study Bible notes that “we give ourselves entirely to God because of His saving grace (God’s mercy), as shown from Romans 3:21-11:36.” This mercy from God may be best understood as undeserved kindness, a prominent theme throughout the book of Romans.
As you begin this week, take the opportunity to reflect on the truth that God sacrificed everything for you. You may occasionally feel unworthy, unloveable, or not enough. But God says, “I gave my life for you because you are worth it to Me. You are my beloved child!” As this truth takes root deep within you, you will not only accept the invitation to be a living sacrifice, you’ll be transformed into somebody who wants to be a living sacrifice.
READING & JOURNALING:
How would you explain to others what it means to be a living sacrifice? Using your study bible, are there other passages you can point to as to what it means to be a living sacrifice?
Heavenly Father, I confess that when I think about being a living sacrifice I sometimes have the thought that it would be easier not to do so. Help me to better understand that You have given me life and are inviting me to live it to the full. You’re not asking me to sacrifice myself so that I die, you’re inviting me to sacrifice of myself because You have already made me fully alive. May this truth help me to live fully and freely. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Matthew 24:32-51
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