"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."
- Romans 12:1
As I read this piece of scripture last week, I found myself drawing a circle around the word "offer." Beside it, I wrote the question:
What does it mean to offer? To make an offering of yourself? To be a living sacrifice?
My community group was discussing this when someone used the term "being disposable."
For most of us - if not all of us - we want to be needed, important, vital even.
But Disposable. It sounds like such a negative term.
Until you think of Jesus. He's the savior, the bridge. He made the way. He's the epitome of important, needed, vital.
He also made Himself disposable. He left His throne for a cross and as many times as we hear that phrase, we'll likely never grasp the full measure of that moment. He made himself a living sacrifice to God on our behalf.
How can I honor His sacrifice? By being disposable to Him. I will be at His disposal.
I'll give up my plans and wants when I'm called on by a friend in need. I'll leave my family and friends and jobs and move to a dangerous country when He says "go." I'll care for the widow and the orphan or the ones that sometimes take too much. This life is not my own. It's His. Martyr or matriarch. I will to live this life for Him.
I'll fail at it. I'll mess up. I'll miss opportunities. My selfishness and fear will win out at times. And in those times I'll say another prayer of thanksgiving for God's grace and mercy. For His countless second chances. I'll pray for humility and selflessness. And I'll make myself disposable again.
Hello My Name Is posts, as I don't have a "before" name... only an "after." There are times when God changes a part of you, and there are other times when He develops a piece you weren't aware of. I hope you'll join Kerry, Alesha and I today as we trade in false labels for true ones, declare change in our lives, and come to understand new revelations. Link up below or on one of their blogs and be sure to visit around and share some encouragement with other sisters in Christ!
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