A Holy Sacrifice

img_6985Further, we are to offer ourselves as a “holy” sacrifice (Rom. 12:1). The Bible does not tell us to offer Christ again and again as a holy sacrifice. He has offered Himself on the cross “once for all” (Heb. 7:27; 9:28; 10:10, 12). Instead, God’s Word tells us to offer ourselves as a holy sacrifice.

The adjective “holy” (hagios) means “set apart for God.” (Gingrich) To be set apart for God is to be sanctified for God. It is to become the property of God. We are telling God, “Lord, I belong to You. You own me.”

One day, a farmer came in his house and told his wife good news. Their best cow had given birth to twin cows—one red and one white. Then he said that he will give one cow to the Lord. “Which cow?” his wife asked. “I will decide later,” the farmer said.

A few months later, the farmer came in looking sad. “What’s the problem?” his wife asked.

“Bad news. The Lord’s calf is dead,” the farmer said.

The wife said, “But you haven’t yet decided which calf belongs to the Lord.”

The farmer replied, “Oh, I was thinking it should be the white cow that belongs to the Lord. Now the white cow is dead. The Lord’s calf is dead.”[1]

The white cow always dies. When we are running out of money, we sacrifice the white cow. Why is it that we always let the white cow die? When offering time comes, we say, “Oh, I can’t give anymore. The white cow is dead.” But why is there still money left for your travels, your new cell phone, and your shopping?

Yet the Lord owns the white cow and the red cow.

I like that old hymn by Frances R. Havergal about offering our lives to God.

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.

Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

To be a holy sacrifice to God is to know that God owns us. You do not own yourself. God owns you; you belong to God. Offer yourself as a holy sacrifice for God—as belonging only to God.

[1] “God’s ownership and man’s stewardship,” GenerousChurch. Cited September 11, 2016. Online: http://www.generous church.com/212.

 

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