And Thou Shalt Offer
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. -- Romans 12:1 NKJV
Reading through Exodus 28-29, I am astounded at the requirements they had for approaching God in the tabernacle. We learn here of the priestly garments and the seemingly endless offerings required of the priests for their personal sanctification, without which, they could not approach God. Isn't that something?
1 Peter 2:9 says that we Christians are also part of the priesthood, designated to proclaim God's praises!
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (NKJV)
Being representatives of God ourselves, "priests", we need also to keep ourselves in a position to be most effective as witness for God. Our position requires offering ourselves as living sacrifices each day, keeping ourselves acceptable to God, so that we can come into His presence and serve Him. This is no small task. Fortunately, God will help us out and clean us up.
Connecting learning to living
- What unconfessed sin (thought or deed) is in my life that might keep me from approaching God?
- What am I doing that might hinder the effectiveness of my witness?
- How can I "sacrifice" one aspect of my behavior today for the good of someone else?
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.