What does it mean to live a sacrificed life? As you work out your faith, consider the following verses:
- I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
- Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2
When you do Romans 12:1, you become Romans 12:2.
Years ago, I learned that fasting or cutting certain things out of my diet was a tool to help me get closer to God, hear his voice more clearly, and maybe lose a couple of pounds in the process. I was probably more concerned with losing the pounds. But God, being the good Father that he is, was patient with me and showed me the benefit of drawing near to him by controlling my food intake. Now, I only have sugar on occasion; it seems to affect my brain the most, and I feel disconnected if I have too much.
At one point in my fasting journey, I cut out television for a time, and now I can live without it altogether. It is mind control at its finest!
I sacrifice my mornings to God. If my husband has to get up at seven a.m., I get up at five a.m. Seriously though, I’ve realized that it’s not a sacrifice when you draw near to God.
I’m not telling you to go and do what I’ve done, but do work this out between you and God. I didn’t complete this transition all at once; it was gradual. The Holy Spirit was my guide; he has led me down the path I’m walking today.