Charles Stanley (August-25-2019) Sunday Daily Devotion: Living Sacrifices.
The idea of self-sacrifice runs contrary to the values of our culture. Subtle and not-so-subtle messages continually tell us to put ourselves first, demand our rights, and determine our own path. But God calls His people to lay themselves down on an altar as living sacrifices. In other words, we are to be separated from the world and given to the Lord for His purposes.
Considering all that God has done for us in Christ, our response should be deliberate and voluntary submission. We give ourselves and the control of our life unreservedly to the One who has showered us with compassion and mercy by saving our soul from the grip of sin. Wherever He sends us, we go; whatever He requires of us, we do; and whatever He wants, we desire as well.
This is not a one-time decision that forever sets the course of our life; rather, it’s a daily surrender to His will. At each moment, we have the option to grumble about our situation or to acknowledge God’s right to be in charge.
As believers, we’re wise to remember that there is no better choice than to wholeheartedly trust our God, who has infinite knowledge, unfailing love, and almighty power. To crawl off the altar and rely on our limited understanding, self-interest, and human weakness will result in rebellion and its difficult consequences.
To become a living sacrifice to the Lord is not only a duty but also a privilege. When we fully surrender to Him, He will transform us into the image of His Son Jesus, use us to further His kingdom, and bless our life with the fruit of the Holy Spirit.