Words from the Heart for Friday November 4th, 2016
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
Because God has been so merciful to us in rescuing us from the penalty and power of sin through the sacrifice of His Son, is not the proper response to devote our lives to God as a sacrifice so that we might live for Him? Devote your day to the Lord. Commit afresh to live for Him this very day.
Most of us have heard of the Purple Heart, the military decoration awarded in the name of the President to members of the US military who are killed or injured while serving their country. Sadly, far fewer Canadians are aware that Canada has a similar award, known as the Sacrifice Medal. On August 29, 2008, Queen Elizabeth II, on the advice of her Cabinet under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, created the Sacrifice Medal to recognize any member of the Canadian Forces, soldier of an allied force, or a civilian working for the Canadian Forces, who after October 7, 2001 was killed or wounded under honourable circumstances and as a result of hostile action or perceived hostile action. If not fatal, the wound received must be serious enough to require attention from a medic.
Christianity is ultimately a heart thing. Jesus transforms our lives from the inside out. It is a reasonable faith and we are called to be students of the Word. The Bibles speaks about the renewing of our minds. Some of the brightest minds throughout history are Christian theologians who have wrestled with the big questions of life and eternity. But at the heart of the Christian faith is not right theology, as important as that is, but a personal, transforming relationship with Jesus. And from that comes a passion to study God’s word and to offer ourselves fully to the Jesus as Lord of our lives. So the Christian faith is holistic. What begins with a decision of the mind to accept Jesus then becomes a heart thing that transforms us. But it doesn’t end there. Entering into a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ then affects how we live – we are called to live our lives in such a way that others will see our godly life and good works and will glorify our Father who is heaven. So there is the call to offer our bodies sacrificially as well. Romans 12:1 says “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.” One of the problems with a living sacrifice is that it is prone to crawl off the altar. Have you offered yourself fully to Jesus today?
These have been words from the heart.