What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? — by Todd Clippard

Let’s look at the verse under consideration and determine exactly what it means to be a living sacrifice. Paul wrote to the Romans in 12:1

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

First, the concept of sacrifice is not that of a dead sacrifice as in the Old Testament. This would constitute a one time event, since a body may only be killed and offered up once. Rather, we are to be a living sacrifice, that is, offering ourselves continually in service to God. Paul described this lifestyle as yielding ourselves as servants of righteousness (Romans 6:12-22). When I yield my will to God and submit myself to Him, I offer up myself as a sacrifice that His will might be done in my life. Continue reading “What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? — by Todd Clippard”