5 Attributes of a Living Sacrifice
2. Purposed to Worship
Picture yourself laying on an alter. What is the purpose of you becoming a living sacrifice? Paul gives us the answer with the last word of Romans 12:1- worship. You must understand that your purpose is to glorify God and not yourself. Too often I find myself as I minister, whether inside or outside the church, thinking about how good I will look for what I am doing. This thought is shameful. It is the opposite of a sacrifice. Living sacrifices give themselves for a higher cause, namely God’s Kingdom. Self-lovers want those around them to bow to them and their idolatrous image.
Imagine a lamb getting up on the alter thinking to itself, “I can’t wait to post this picture on my Instagram so the other sheep know I was chosen and I am being used by God.” Nobody wants to see a dead, bloody animal. But they do want to see an a nation’s sins forgiven by a gracious God- which was the result of animal sacrifice in the Old Testament.
And can I be honest with you? Nobody wants to see you either. They long to see Christ in you, the hope of eternity. That is true worship.