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March 8, 2012

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Crawling Off the Altar

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

What images come to mind when you read this verse? The Apostle Paul, who wrote the book of Romans, understood the cost of sacrificeóto him it meant the death of a physical bodyósuch as a sheep, bull or goat, and ultimately Jesus. However, in this verse, Godís children are called to present their bodies, their lives, as living sacrifices. The problem with a living sacrifice as opposed to a dead one, however, is that it can crawl off the altar!

What do I mean? Well, when troubles arise, and worry and fear consume us, we forget to trust God, and we crawl off. When our plans donít succeed, and we question Godís faithfulness, we crawl off. When the disappointments of life cause us to doubt Godís love, we crawl off! There are myriad examples of unbelief that result in our crawling off the altar!

So how do we do it? How do we present our lives as living sacrifices, and stay put? 

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