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Saturday, March 17, 2012
Spiritual Sacrifices 5
I cannot be held responsible for any mistakes in this article - the final 2 spiritual sacrifices, as I have bad, bad jet lag right now - I am trying to stay awake until bed time...
Sacrifice Of Doing Good/Sharing—Heb. 13:16. The King James Bible puts this verse like this: But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God
is well pleased. The Greek word for “share” is Koinonia, which means: “fellowship,” “community,” “fellowship,”
“intimacy,” “having all things in common.” The Lord sees our love for one
another, and our sacrificial sharing as worship. If we love and serve our
neighbor, then we are worshiping. As with all sacrifices, we have to
participate in “Koinonia” with a pure heart.
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
John Wesley's rule
Take care of one another
Cover one another with love
Sacrifice Of Our Bodies—Rom. 12:1. I
placed this sacrifice last as it is a culmination
of all the other sacrifices. Every sacrifice involved a death of some sort.
With the animal sacrifices, the animals were put to death. With these spiritual
sacrifices, it is something of the “self-life” that has to die. Our entire
person is put “on the line” with this sacrifice. Yet, we are to be a living sacrifice – all of our life,
intellect, moral and physical powers must be offered to the Lord as a holy or unblemished sacrifice. We are
truly the living dead! This verse
describes such a sacrifice as our reasonable
worship. In other words, this is good worship—there is nothing more
reasonable than the sacrifice of ourselves for the Lord. Now we say with Paul:
“I have been crucified with Christ; it
is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live
in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself
for me.” Gal. 2:20
Human things must be known to be loved
Divine things must be loved to be known
• Sacrifices were made at a physical altar – now the
altar is everywhere in our hearts
• Sacrifices were made of other bodies (animals) –
now it is our bodies
• Sacrifices were dead – we come as living sacrifices
• Sacrifices (animals) did not offer themselves
freely –we, like Christ must come as a willing sacrifice. We offer ourselves.