LIVING SACRIFICE

Brother Paul made this appeal to some select ones years back. In his numerous letters to believers he beseech the Romans thus:

I beseech you therefore, brethren,by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service

From this charge, it will be deduced that there abound sacrifices not living-DEAD SACRIFICE. There are sacrifices which one can offer which isn’t living, holy and acceptable by God’s unchangeable, not malleable and everlasting standard.

The same call to the Romans is also made to the Christians of this day. It is more than a month’s theme. It isn’t just to be for a specific time. Rather it ought to be a new daily. We ought to ooze such sacrifice which will be pleasing to our maker.

Non- conformity is key to ensuring a living sacrifice. Our ever standing faith in Christ gets tested daily. From annoying and daring room mates to class mates who can be raw with their language and actions. All through to the next door neighbour ever-ready to ‘pick’ a quarrel with you at a slightest and inconsequential moment. But we ought not conform.

Indeed everyone has a sacrifice to offer. But the question is what type of sacrifice is offered? Is it living? holy? acceptable? sacred? pure? or dead? unholy? unacceptable? worldly? and impure?
These are questions to be answered personally. How is your standing with God?
You profess to be of Christ but are you with Christ daily in life’s journey. Aren’t you quick to give-in to pressures and worldly lust and affection?


How can this be achieved?

RENEWING OF THE MIND

The mind gate is an essential. Guard your mind because out of it flows the issues of life. A living sacrifice is borne out of a renewed and a renewing mind. Renewing is continuous. Never stops. Daily breaking, molding and setting apart of our minds in God’s Quarry sites.

That song writer says: Purify me like Gold, so that I might be bold to say my body is your sanctuary.
What do we fill our minds with on a regular. What do we feed the body of Christ with.

SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE
A living sacrifice sets his mind on things above. Where your treasure is, so your heart will be. Once we treasure things of the world, we begin to offer a dead sacrifice. A sacrifice unacceptable. Daily our minds must be set on high.

EXEMPLARY LIVING
A living sacrifice is a life worthy of emulation. Let no man despise thy youth but be thou an example of a believer in words, conversation, charity, spirit, faith and purity.

WHY?
That is God’s wish for us HIS children. Only then can we walk in His WILL for our lives, fulfill PURPOSE and attain Divine DESTINY

THE CHURCH: Beyond Sloganeering

The church-the called out ones. Yes, called out for a purpose. A UNIQUE PURPOSE. The Christ-like souls. Indeed it is the body of Christ.Every soul who truly surrenders all to Christ belongs to the called out ones.

However, those who profess to be members of the church are now in a new dispensation. The era of sloganeering. Wanting to feel funky, yippy and fine. Hmmm! everyone now an apostle of short, witty and ‘it is well’ statements.

It will not be uncommon when your eyes wanders across the lane during the usual Lagos traffic or Abuja standstill to see ‘big big’ vehicles playing host to several stickers. If it is not exceeding grace, it is uncommon favour or overflow and the likes. 

Don’t get me wrong. These are sweet (if ever presented in plates) words of reassuring capacity. with the abbility to heal broken hearts and ginger souls. But, this only gets real when we move beyond the sloganeering era.

The church needs to move on from the stage of preaching slogans and  unhealthy competition. It ought to pass the stage of ‘stealing’ members with untrue ‘thus says’ the Lord messages. The congregation is in need of life. The word ministered undiluted, unadulterated or adumbrated. Without fear or favour. Without recourse to whose ox is gored nor emotions and thoughts tampered with.

Christ isn’t coming for the yippyy, witty Christians.

The kingdom of God isn’t in sweet talking from pulpits. It should be a place where the word is true and sincere. Able to pierce an divide every stony heart. Only when the church comes into this knowledge, will we have genuine repentance and acceptance.


KELECHI AMAKOH