An oxymoron are two words that have been put together that contradict one another. Here are a few that make me laugh…

  • 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?

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  1. Monalea says:

    Had to add an Oxymoron….

    Drink responsible!

    Remembering that everything I do is a ‘living sacrifice’ is a daily rap on my head. Kind of like, “I could have had a V8.”


  2. lisa says:

    Awesome post!! That was really great. I haven’t really focused on the phrase “living sacrifices” too much in my life. Thanks for getting me thinking.

    I want to add an oxymoron too: smart guy.

    JUST KIDDING!! Sorry, sometimes I can’t resist. (o;

  3. TREY MORGAN says:

    Interesting Oxymorons, girls.

    “Personal Worship” is that a word you guys use often?”

  4. Anonymous says:

    of course the problem with living sacrifices is that they keep trying to crawl down off the altar.


  5. Matt says:

    Charles Speer taught on this and realated Living Sacrifices to Burnt Offerings which communicated to god 2 things #1 I give you all that I am today, and #2 I give you all that I have. when you think about that, Paul wasn’t asking for just a nansy, pansy commitment It was all the way. David wrote the sacrifices you desire are a broken spirit a broken and contrite heart.
    Have a sacrificial day.
    Great post!

  6. AncientWanderer says:

    Good thoughts and good oxymoron.

    My living sacrifice for today? – Just making myself as available as I can, He always seems to show me.

  7. Chris says:

    Trey, as usual, you have presented us with another great challenge for our lives. I, for one, appreciate your words.

    I was actually thinking about this on my way to work this morning. Being a living sacrifice, an instrument offered to God, is an life changing venture, one that affects every aspect of our lives, from the way we dress to the things we say, from what we watch to the way we act.

    I often wonder if I really understand the depth involved in being a living sacrifice.

    Again, thank you for your words.

  8. Neva says:

    I love this post. I want so badly to a sacrifice that is pleasing to my Father. The struggle with giving all to Him and for His work to do with as He pleases is ongoing.

    Thanks Trey

  9. The Preacher's Household: says:

    I enjoyed the post too. I’ve spent some time thinking about this one today.

  10. Greg says:

    That living sacrifice thing is a work in progress for this wise guy. Good words, Trey.

  11. Baptist Man says:

    Not too spiritual of a response, but my friend and I get a kick out of oxymorons like the ones you mentioned. Here’s another one I thought of while eating at Burger King a few weeks ago:

    “Whopper Jr.”

    Hope you get a laugh!

  12. The Strait Gate says:

    Not wishing to be a pedant – well maybe a little – but wouldn’t St. Paul’s original readers actuallly have been his listeners? It was after all an oral society and I don’t think they were dishing out photocopies :)

    Good oxymorons – I like ‘Microsoft Works’ myself


  13. TREY MORGAN says:

    Strait gate :)

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