February 4

A Contribution or A Sacrifice?

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -this is your spiritual act of 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” Romans 12:1-2 

Did you hear the story of the chicken and the pig who were walking together down the road? They came upon a beggar who was nearly starved to death. He had not eaten in days. The chicken and the pig decided to help him. The chicken said, “I have an idea. Let’s fix him some breakfast -some ham and eggs!” The pig thought about that a moment and then said, “I don't like that idea very much because it only requires you to make a contribution, but for me it is a complete sacrifice!” 

As the Apostle Paul writes our Scripture passage, he is making a turning point in his letter to the believers in Rome. He is finally giving an application to the truths that he has been telling about in previous chapters. He is stating how we should respond to the knowledge that God has procured our salvation and saved us from the wages of sin through Jesus Christ. He’s telling us to lay it all on the altar for God. He is telling us we need to surrender our lives completely over to our Lord Jesus. In other words, don’t simply make a contribution like the chicken but sacrifice all like the pig.

Prayer for today: Dear Heavenly Father, You know the temptations that we face every day. Give us the Spirit of discernment that we can know Your will for us and not fall into the traps of this world. Strengthen us so that we can keep our eyes upon Your Son, Jesus who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Jesus, in light of Your sacrifice, help us to completely give our minds, our souls and our bodies to You. Amen

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”