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Crawling off the Altar

I was sitting in a church in a remote part of the world where offerings included not only money but also whatever the members had to give.  A live chicken that was tied to the altar managed to get away in the middle of the service, to the delight of some little boys who ran to retrieve it.  Another Sunday in another church, a very recently caught fish on the altar.startled the congregation by actually jumping off the altar.  These “living sacrifices” were obviously not committed!

These events brought to mind Romans 12:1 and the saying I’ve heard somewhere:  “The problem with a living sacrifice is that it’s always crawling off the altar.”

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.  Romans 12:1

I confess that often I need to examine myself to see if I’m still on the altar.  Do I still demand or expect to determine my own way, my own choices in life?  Am I joyfully committed to whatever God has for me today?

Whose Body?

People say, “It’s my own body. No one can tell me what to do with it.” 

But for God’s children, here’s the real deal:

But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies…Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.  (1 Corinthians 6:13, 19-20 NLT)

I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God.  Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.  (Romans 12:1-2 CEV)

And when we remember that God is loving, wise, and powerful, it’s pure joy to give ourselves to Him unreservedly, knowing that His plan for us will lead to ultimate joy and fulfillment.

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