5 Attributes of a Living Sacrifice: #4
4. Not Afraid of the Knife (Vulnerable)
Often times before I take the pulpit to preach, I imagine myself laid on an alter with a knife coming down through me. This image helps me to remember the truth found in John 12:24, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” You and I are only fruitful when our flesh is crucified and our spirit is alive in Christ.
The knife also reminds me of the Lord’s pruning. We know that he prunes those who abide in Him (John 15:2) and he disciplines those He loves (Hebrews 12:6). If we allow these verses to sink deep into our hearts, we will learn to embrace rather than avoid the knife. God’s pruning is actually evidence of our salvation and usefulness to God.
Think about the vulnerability that is displayed when an animal is on the butcher’s block. We are called to have that kind of vulnerability with God. Let us pray that God would know our hearts, and shape them any way needed for them to be just like His heart.