We make sacrifices throughout our lives.
- Parents make financial sacrifices, scrimping and saving to send their children to sports coaches or college.
- Employees may be asked to sacrifice a raise to save a struggling company, saving many jobs.
- Ball players may make a sacrifice bunt, taking an out to advance a runner.
- Chess players may sacrifice a pawn to advance a more powerful piece.
- Soldiers may be ordered to place their lives at risk, for the ultimate sacrifice for their nation.
In pre-Christian times, people would sacrifice an animal to atone for misdeeds and to demonstrate their devotion to God. Such a sacrifice would involve a significant financial cost to the family providing the animal.
Paul in his letter to Romans urges Christians to be living sacrifices. Instead of a sacrifice that would burn brightly only for a worship service, living sacrifices are called to show the light of Christ each and every day, in all facets of life.
I will have more to say about Romans 12:1-8 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 28th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
Throughout life we receive instructions for living. When we follow a doctor’s prescription we get well, if we do not we may get sicker. When we follow a recipe, what comes out of the oven looks and tastes like what we expect.
God also provides directions for living; the Bible.
Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only true God! So love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. Memorize his laws and tell them to your children over and over again. Talk about them all the time, whether you’re at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning.
— Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (CEV)