A sweet memory of teaching the young girls at church one night floated through my mind this morning. I am so thankful for the illustration that the Lord gave me in that moment to help them understand one of those Scriptures that is quoted often, while the application may seem a little out of reach. And I am thankful that He taught me with it, as well.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
I have never been to an altar to offer an animal up in bloody sacrifice. I can only imagine the animal’s complete helplessness as it is slain and given over to another’s will. Let us take a trip to the altar, shall we?
We know with our minds that our bodies are not our own, that we are to give them daily to the Lord for His purpose. This is worship…in spirit and in truth. Constant surrender to His will, while our own will lies slain on the altar before Him. Yes, we know this—but do we practice it to the point that we are proving to the world what His will is?
The illustration that was used with the girls (very simple, yet very memorable for me) was this:
I shared with them that there was an object in my purse that was a certain color. They could not see it, of course; I merely told them it was there. They could believe me based solely on my testimony; however, they wanted proof. The only way for me to “prove it” was to show them.
We can scream to the world all day long of who the Lord is and how He saved us from death and darkness. Sure, some may believe us based solely on our testimony. Brushes with the world have led me to believe that there is typically a “Prove it” mentality. We have to show them! We have to be transformed so that we can actually prove God’s perfect will.
Paul urged them to present their bodies as living sacrifices. It isn’t just a beautiful verse to memorize and recite. So I urge you—and I urge myself—let’s lay ourselves on the altar. Let’s test and approve the will of God with surrendered lives. Let’s show them.
Scripture to read:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Father, I present my body to You today as a living sacrifice. I lay myself down on the altar, and I don’t want to take another step forward seeking my own will. Fill me up and use this vessel to show the world who You are. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.