“Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
I have heard it said that the problem with “living sacrifices” is that they tend to crawl off the altar. The implication here is that while we “try” to do what God wants us to do, we disobey God and sin. Thus we find ourselves “off the altar”. So even though we are sacrifices, we are still living; thus we are still caught in the web of sin.
That way of thinking leads us into a tail-chasing circles of always finding ourselves “crawling off the altar”, sinning, asking for forgiveness, and crawling back on the altar. Around and around we go. Where she stops – nobody knows!
Until you find the truth!
Jesus said that if you find the truth, you will be FREE!
Free from the endless merry-go-round, (or rather, misery-go-round.)
Free from sin!
Remember Jesus told people over and over again “go and sin no more”.
Yes, it is possible to sin no more. Jesus is not an unreasonable tyrant, barking out commands that others cannot obey! It is possible to be absolutely free from sin. God is not weak to not empower his people to be victors in the fight against sin.
Being a living sacrifice doesn’t mean being a sinning sacrifice. The same person who wrote Romans 12 also wrote Romans 6, where he said, how can you, who are DEAD to sin live in it any longer?
Paul also said in Galatians, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…”
Yes, you are a living sacrifice. But you are not alive to sin. You are alive to righteousness. You are dead to sin, and alive to live in righteousness before God. So then, the only way you “live” is by doing what is right, not what is wrong.
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