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living sacrifices

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2009 at 1:48 am

Once in a while I think about the transition from life to death and it scares me a little bit. I wonder if it’s like the transition from consciousness to sleep – something you never really notice because you’re either awake or asleep! I never remember the moment I transition into sleep and lose my waking consciousness, which seems like a really vulnerable moment. The expression “falling asleep” seems pretty accurate to me.

Thinking about this transition point sometimes leads me into broader thoughts about my own death that must come sometime. I think about martyrs too, who often they are asked to choose between life and denying God, which will include braving that moment of uncertain transition. I wonder, would I be ready if God has that for me?

As I was falling asleep last night a verse that I had talked about with someone the day before came to mind: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Rom 12:1)

I realized that if I’m choosing to worship God by offering my body as a living sacrifice to him day by day, that choice will always be the same – even if the result of that choice ends in death, specifically in martyrdom. If from my heart I am choosing to rejoice in worshiping God through giving him my body daily, then I can approach giving my body in this greater sacrifice from the same joyful and worshipful source.

And, as Paul says, “If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” (Phil 1:22-24) As we continue to choose to give our bodies as living sacrifices in this life, we can expect more hardship; giving our bodies finally leads to an end to this hardship and entering of even greater joy. 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