Words from the Heart for Friday November 5th, 2021

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Romans 12:1 (RSV)

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Living Sacrifice

The Sacrifice Medal was created to provide a tangible and lasting form of recognition for the sacrifices made by members of the Canadian Armed Forces and those who work with them, who have been wounded or killed under honourable circumstances as a direct result of a hostile action or action intended for a hostile force. The medal is also awarded posthumously to any member of the Canadian Armed Forces who served on or after 7 October 2001, and dies under honourable circumstances as a result of an injury or disease related to military service.

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We are all called to make sacrifices for others. Often, it is the sacrifice of time, spending time with others who are in need, or the sacrifice of our resources – helping out someone less fortunate or in financial trouble. Occasionally, people sacrifice far more – as much as life itself – in order to try to save the life of someone else. We call this the supreme sacrifice, and nowhere is it more powerfully seen than in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, all out of love for us. We are called to emulate Jesus in His sacrifice. Paul writes in Romans 12:1: “I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” While there may be times when the Lord calls us to the ultimate sacrifice, and many even in our day are called to that, each follower of Jesus is commanded to a regular living sacrifice. The problem with being a living sacrifice is that we are prone to crawl off the altar. Give your all to Jesus today.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley