I’m writing over at The Glorious Table today and asking about a sacrificial life. Here’s a Preview:
During a nine-month study on the book of Romans, our small group found ourselves discussing chapter 12 the same week Reverend Billy Graham passed from earth to heaven. Our discussion began with what it looks like to live a life as a living sacrifice, as addressed in Romans 12:1–2.
Romans 12:1–2 (CSB) says, “Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
Our small group discussed the people in our lives who are striving to be living sacrifices. We listed characteristics they exhibit, including integrity, treating others with kindness, and caring for widows and orphans. We considered how those in the military sacrifice so selflessly for our safety. As the list grew, so did my concern.
The world hasn’t felt safe or kind recently; a heaviness has hung in the air. But until this Romans 12 discussion exploring Paul’s call to live sacrificially, I hadn’t considered how blurry the lines have become between people in my circles who identify as followers of Jesus and those who don’t.
So many compassionate, hard-working people in the world give their time and finances generously because they want to make the world a better place. They value life, and they work to protect and rescue those without voices or rights. Good people are doing profound and inspiring things, while at the same time stating they don’t believe in God, or that they hold a belief in a different god than the God revealed in the Bible. At the same time, others are invoking God’s name to justify hateful acts. Continuing reading here…