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Live as a Sacrifice

Live as a Sacrifice

by Angela McKnight
- Hospitality, Humility, Love, Sacrifice

In Romans 12:1-2, Paul exhorts us to present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship.  But what does it look like to live that way?  Later in the same chapter of Romans, we see a great description that helps to answer that question.  

In this post, I’ve consolidated some of the guidance from Romans 12 into fourteen principles on which we can meditate.  I’d encourage you to read the entire list of principles at one time, but trying to apply this extensive list all at once is nearly impossible.  So, my suggestion is to break down the list into one principle per day over the next two weeks and seek to implement a principle each day.  That’s what I plan to do!  Here they are:

  1. Let love be genuine.  Love one another with brotherly affection.
  2. Hate what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
  3. Outdo one another in showing honor.
  4. Do not be slothful in zeal; be fervent in spirit.  Serve the Lord.
  5. Rejoice in hope.
  6. Be patient in tribulation.
  7. Be constant in prayer.
  8. Contribute to the needs of the saints.
  9. Seek to show hospitality.
  10. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
  11. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.
  12. Do not be haughty but associate with the lowly (give yourself to humble tasks). Never be conceited.
  13. Repay no one evil for evil but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
  14. Live in harmony with one another.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

There is so much truth for us to meditate upon in this passage.  In thinking about what it means to live as sacrifices, A.W. Tozer referred to the crucified life as a “life wholly given over to the Lord in absolute humility and obedience:  a sacrifice pleasing to the Lord.”  If all Christ followers portrayed crucified lives by living out these principles from Romans 12 on a daily basis, the world would certainly be changed.  So, let’s press on in being humble and obedient living sacrifices who bring glory to God by living like Jesus.

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