Living out Sacrifice

I normally don’t post on a Saturday, but a friend of mine pointed out today’s entry from “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers.

It goes along so perfectly with what God has been speaking to me about Abide and Sacrifice, I wanted to share it here.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

Abraham built an altar . . . ; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar . . . —Genesis 22:9

This event is a picture of the mistake we make in thinking that the ultimate God wants of us is the sacrifice of death. What God wants is the sacrifice through death which enables us to do what Jesus did, that is, sacrifice our lives. Not— “Lord, I am ready to go with You . . . to death” (Luke 22:33). But— “I am willing to be identified with Your death so that I may sacrifice my life to God.”

We seem to think that God wants us to give up things! God purified Abraham from this error, and the same process is at work in our lives. God never tells us to give up things just for the sake of giving them up, but He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having, namely, life with Himself. It is a matter of loosening the bands that hold back our lives. Those bands are loosened immediately by identification with the death of Jesus. Then we enter into a relationship with God whereby we may sacrifice our lives to Him.

It is of no value to God to give Him your life for death. He wants you to be a “living sacrifice”— to let Him have all your strengths that have been saved and sanctified through Jesus (Romans 12:1). This is what is acceptable to God. {Oswald Chambers}

 

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9 Comments

  1. craig says:

    Amen Melissa, if my live is not a “living sacrifice” I miss the whole point of the Gospel. Amen.

  2. lauren says:

    have you ever heard audrey assad’s song show me??

    1. Melissa says:

      I’ve never heard of that. I need to go look it up now. :)

  3. So excellent! A great thing to read on Sunday night before the busy week begins.

    1. Melissa says:

      I always enjoy the things Oswald Chambers has to say. :) Have a great week, Gretchen!

    1. Melissa says:

      Thanks Tony! :) I appreciate you mentioning it to me.

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