Excerpted from What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? GotQuestions.org

In Romans 12:1, Paul says, “I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.” Paul’s admonition to the believers in Rome was to sacrifice themselves to God, not as a sacrifice on the altar, as the Mosaic Law required the sacrifice of animals, but as a living sacrifice. The dictionary defines sacrifice as “anything consecrated and offered to God.” As believers, how do we consecrate and offer ourselves to God as a living sacrifice?

What does a living sacrifice look like in the practical sense? The following verse (Romans 12:2) helps us to understand. We are a living sacrifice for God by not being conformed to this world. The world is defined for us in 1 John 2:15-16 as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. All that the world has to offer can be reduced to these three things. The lust of the flesh includes everything that appeals to our appetites and involves excessive desires for food, drink, sex, and anything else that satisfies physical needs. Lust of the eyes mostly involves materialism, coveting whatever we see that we don’t have and envying those who have what we want. The pride of life is defined by any ambition for that which puffs us up and puts us on the throne of our own lives.

How can believers NOT be conformed to the world? By being “transformed by the renewing of our minds.” We do this primarily through the power of God’s Word to transform us.

We need to…
hear (Romans 10:17),
read (Revelation 1:3),
study (Acts 17:11),
memorize (Psalm 119:9-11), and
meditate (Psalm 1:2-3)
on Scripture.

The Word of God, ministered in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, is the only power on earth that can transform us from worldliness to true spirituality.

In fact, it is all we need to be made “complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, NKJV). The result is that we will be “able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2b). It is the will of God for every believer to be a living sacrifice for Jesus Christ.

The Word of God

June 23, 2021

“If we want a weapon to wield against the devices of Satan, there is nothing like ‘the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.’ But to wield it successfully, we must read it habitually, diligently, intelligently, and prayerfully.” -J.C Ryle

Meaningless Repetition

May 1, 2021

“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.” (Matthew 6:7 NASB) “If we’re not careful, our prayer lives can easily and quickly fall into a rut—a meaningless recitation of the same words and phrases day after day, […]

Read the full article →

Rejoicing in the Lord!

March 19, 2021

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4 NASB) What makes rejoicing possible? “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in […]

Read the full article →

A Simple Acrostic for Prayer: A.C.T.S.

March 11, 2021

The A-C-T-S method of prayer is foundational to Prayer Prompter’s approach to “Meditation and Prayer.” R.C. Sproul discussed A-C-T-S in a blog post several years ago. Here is an excerpt. “Christians often use a simple acrostic as a guide to prayer: A.C.T.S. Each of the letters in this acrostic stands for one of the key […]

Read the full article →

The Power of Daily Meditation by Paul Tautges

March 4, 2021

Spiritual growth is directly dependent upon our daily interaction with Scripture. Scripture itself argues for the discipline of mediating on the Word, and heralds its benefits. The blessed man is the one who rejects the counsel of the world because his habit of delighting in the law of the Lord causes him to meditate on […]

Read the full article →