- Pretty Ugly
- Work Party
- Jumbo Shrimp
- A Little Pregnant
- Healthy Tan
- Dressy Flip-Flops
- Dodge Ram
- Plastic Glasses
- Tight Slacks
- Rap Music
Here’s another oxymoron that probably got a laugh from Paul’s readers when they read Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”
A “living sacrifice” was a huge oxymoron. Sacrifices for them were something that were killed and put upon an alter. Back in those days, the sheep didn’t come back from the sacrifice. There were no “living sacrifices.” You never heard the little sheep say, “Went to the sacrifice yesterday. I had a great time, but I’m a little burnt out.” Didn’t happen that way. There were no “living sacrifices.” They killed them all.
Then Paul comes along and tells us to “offer our bodies as a living sacrifice.” God doesn’t want you as a dead sacrifice, but a living one. The dead sacrifice (lamb) didn’t have a choice, but you do. You choose to get on or off the altar every day. You have the chance to offer yourself daily as a living sacrifice.
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:15-16
Do you still offer sacrifices today? Yes, you offer yourself, all of yourself. You offer your words. You offer your good deeds, and you offer your gifts.
Today offer yourself “holy and pleasing” to God.
Today offer God praise in your personal worship.
Today offer a sacrifice of a good word said about God to another person.
Today offer a kind deed done in the name of Jesus.
Today offer God your heart and your mind.
It’s about living your life as an offering of worship to God. Open your heart, open your hands, and offer your body to him as a living sacrifice.
So what living sacrifice will you offer God today?