Don’t Be a Dead Sacrifice – Sunday 30th June 2019, Open Heavens Devotional by Pst E. A. Adeboye
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. – Romans 12:1
Sacrifice is the act of surrendering a prized possession as an offering to God. In reality, it is the death or loss of the object that makes it a sacrifice. In this light, the use of the term “living sacrifice” in today’s memory verse seems like a contradiction, since an object of sacrifice should not remain alive. However, the term “living sacrifice” is used in that verse with specific focus on our living bodies being presented as holy and acceptable unto God. To this effect, 1 Corinthians 6:19 says:
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What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
This verse says that our body is God’s temple. A temple is a holy place or sacred building which has been set aside as a place of worship or consecrated as the house of God. In the Old Testament, the tabernacle in the desert, the sanctuaries at Bethel and Shiloh, and the temple at Jerusalem were all temples of God in different forms.
However, under the new covenant, the notion of God dwelling within us is fundamental to our faith. Our Lord clearly says in John 14:23:
…If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
For anyone who belongs to Christ indeed, God is saying clearly that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. You therefore need to handle it with all the care, holiness and sacredness it deserves, if it is to be acceptable to God as a dwelling place.
When I was a university lecturer some years ago, there was a young lady whose prayer was always “Lord, use me for Your glory” Shunning interest in anything else, this was the only prayer point consistent on her list. One day she needed to use the toilet because she was seriously pressed, but as she opened the toilets one by one, she discovered they were all messed up.
As she left in annoyance, she heard God saying, “I thought you wanted to use the toilet, what happened” She responded that the toilets were all dirty. To her shock, she heard the Lord saying the reason He had not used her, despite her numerous prayers, was because she was dirty! Therefore, for anyone to be used of God as a living sacrifice, he or she must be clean in and out, and thoroughly furnished unto good works. God expects us to live in holiness and righteousness, while handling our bodies in sanctification and honour (1 Thessalonians 4:4).
Bible Verse for Today
Deuteronomy 5 – 6 and Ezekiel 7:23 – 8:6
Father, please help me to live the rest of my life as a living sacrifice to You, in Jesus’ Name.
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