If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you know that I love the beach, the salt water, and the sand. Maybe your obsession is golf, fishing, or some other pleasure. Each activity involves some sort of sacrifice. For instance, my love for the beach requires that I love, or tolerate the sand. Who loves sand, it gets everywhere? I also sacrifice sleep because everyone knows that you don’t wait until noon to go to the beach, it’s way too hot for that. What do you give up for Jesus? We are to be a living sacrifice, but what exactly does that mean? Matthew Henry says this: “The spiritual sacrifices which Christians are to offer are their bodies, souls, affections, prayers, praises, alms, and other duties.”
As an example, one of my sacrifices is writing this daily post. I sacrifice sleep, and my time, but really, I love doing it so it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice. Going to church sacrifices the time you could be spending doing other activities. You sacrifice your money to tithe, but you know that you only have it because God gave it to you. You give up sin, and probably the friends who are involved in that sin. The list goes on, but most of these sacrifices involve time. Don’t be selfish, give Jesus your time. He sacrificed His life because of His love for us, sacrifice something for Him.
you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5