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Is There a Sacrifice in our Hearts?

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom. 12: 1-2-KJV)

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. (Eph. 5: 1-2-KJV)

But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. (Php. 4:18-KJV)

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Heb. 13:15- KJV)

The word sacrifice appears in the Bible Two hundred and five times (205), since God put it in the Bible that many times, I am convinced that it is important to him for us to let go of something and surrender it to him. How about you? Does anyone agree with me on this? The first thing that the Father asks for is the sacrifice of our bodies, and the renewing of our minds. We should stop and ask ourselves, have we given our bodies to the Lord?; do our minds need renewing? What wayward thoughts are we allowing to enter in?

What fragrance are we leaving as we go about our daily routines? It is the will of our Father to be pleasant at all times, in every circumstance. Believe me when I tell you that is sometimes a hard task for me, however, each of us should practice pleasantries that will be acceptable to Christ. Ofttimes, when life hits us unexpectantly, and our minds are swept in a direction that we do not want them to be, we are not leaving an aroma that lifts us or anyone else up that comes our way.

Making sacrifices daily will not always be easy, but, it is always possible because of who we are in Christ Jesus. He admonishes us to remain in Him and to extend mercy so we can be acceptable in His sight. We should not be concerned about anyone else, it is showing our Heavenly Father how much we love and appreciate him by remaining in a position of surrender. I know that there may be times we may feel we have given all that we can and nothing is left. That is when we can be prompted by the Holy Spirit to do even more than we feel capable of. Beloved, our lives must become as the scripture says a “Living” sacrifice. Let’s challenge ourselves to live a sacrificial life for Christ, think of the ultimate sacrifice he gave to us – His very life. He could never do anymore to show us how much we are loved. So, let’s honor God by giving him praise and thanks continually even when we do not feel like it. It is not about how we feel, it is about who we know and the value of his love for all of us.