5 Attributes of a Living Sacrifice: Monday Devotional
1. Pure and Spotless
In Exodus 12:5, God gives instruction to Israel what kind of lamb he is looking for in their sacrifices. “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.”
Do you realize that God is looking for the same qualifications in you as a living sacrifice? As you bring yourself before the Lord to be used by Him, you must ask yourself, “Am I without blemish?” Is there any known sin in your life that needs to be confessed to God? Are you willing to ask God to search your heart and see if there is anything offense to Him persisting in you (Psalm 139:23-24)? Once you have consecrated your heart and life to Christ, which is truly a daily choice, you are ready to step onto the altar.
Jesus shares a startling statement in the middle of His Sermon on the Mount. It has been called the most terrifying verse in Scripture. Jesus says in Matthew 7:22-23,
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Jesus key words here are, “I never knew you.” So, what should we do? Say this simple prayer today. “Jesus, know me.” This prayer has the power to be so sobering, yet so intimate. Lord, come so close to me that Your Presence casts off my impurities. Then, I will be the kind of sacrifice you are looking for! And be assured today, you don’t have to be purified to come to Him. He purifies you as you commune with Him.