The second way is to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. The Jews offered dead sacrifices. But we are to offer ourselves as living sacrifices. In the OT, God required taking the life of others. But in the NT, God urges giving your own life. (F. F. Bruce)
What does Paul mean by the phrase “living” (zao) sacrifices? For so long, I thought that we are to sacrifice ourselves while still living. I was so wrong.
Paul wrote in Rom. 6:13, “Present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life.” We are living sacrifices not because we are still alive and kicking. We are living sacrifices because we have been brought from death to life. We are now alive in Christ. The life of the Spirit is flowing in our spirits.
Offer yourself as a living sacrifice to God–as one who has transferred from death to life.