Words from the Heart for Friday January 24th, 2020
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.
Romans 12:1 (NIV)
A Living Sacrifice
The Sacrifice Medal is a decoration that was created in 2008 as a replacement for the Wound Stripe. It is awarded by the Canadian monarch, usually via his or her federal viceroy, to members of the Canadian Forces or allied forces wounded or killed in action, and to members whose death under honourable circumstances is a result of injury or disease related directly to military service. All service related deaths qualify for the Sacrifice Medal, whether as a result of direct hostile action or not.
For centuries, worship at the Jewish Temple was sacrifice-centred. It is said that during the sacrifices, the streets of Jerusalem ran with the blood of the animals that had been sacrificed. Not all the sacrifices were to atone for sin. Some were made to draw closer to God, others to offer thanks, or express gratitude. It is in this sense that Paul writes in Romans 12:1: “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.” There is no sacrifice we can make to atone for our sins. Only Jesus could do that, and He did so perfectly by His death on the cross. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we who repent of our sin and trust Jesus as Saviour receive by grace His forgiveness. But that is only the beginning of our relationship with Him. Paul reminds us that in view of God’s mercy, we are to crawl up on the altar, offering sacrifices of gratitude and by so doing, drawing closer to the Master. Do so today.
These have been words from the heart.