07 Jan Day 3: Holy and Acceptable to God
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (Rom. 12:1).
The thought of our opportunity to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, is a great privilege. May we be comforted that our efforts to devote every aspect of our lives to the Lord is pleasing to Him. I pray that our sacrifices for God would not be driven by mere duty, but also be driven by the glorious thought the God of the universe will see our lives as holy and acceptable! A church zealous for God’s holiness and precepts can spur towards the spreading of the gospel to the ends of the earth, starting in our city.
- Holy. This word encompasses every attribute of who God is. It is a word that traces from Genesis to Revelation in such a way that God’s Holy presence leaves godly men in deeper exposure of their wretchedness (Isa. 6:5). A Holy God who sees your sacrifices as holy is worth all your offering. Therefore, we must take a look at our lives and ask ourselves: does God see my sacrifices as holy?
- Acceptable. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:9, “we make it our aim to please Him.” Offering ourselves as a living sacrifice is not to make much of ourselves, but to make much of God. In the same way that Christ did not please Himself (Rom. 15:3) is the same way we need to see our sacrifices: acceptable to Him.
- Pray that our church will not fall into the legalistic norm of good works but pursue their sacrifices as holy and acceptable to God.
- Pray that our sacrifices will transform our city in such a way that God will see it as holy and acceptable.
- Practical Steps: Think about your sacrifices. What motivates you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice? What are desires that prevent you from truly giving your life’s offering as holy and acceptable to God? Confess and ask God to continue to give you a desire after His own heart.