by Darla Noble
You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:5
To sacrifice means to give something up—usually for the benefit of someone else or for the greater good of a group of people.
Parents sacrifice countless things for their kids. A soldier’s family sacrifices time together for the safety and security of the country.
Olympic athletes sacrifice a normal childhood and social life for the opportunity to earn the honor of being the best in the world in their respective sport.
Do you see the pattern? For every sacrifice made, there is a reward or compensation of great value.
The same is true when it comes to making spiritual sacrifices.
The spiritual sacrifices Peter is talking about in today’s verse are: praise and worship in the face of hardship, denying sinful cravings, selflessness, and possibly even sacrificing your own life for the cause of Christ.
When we sacrifice self-gratification and attention to praise God instead, we receive the blessings of God’s active presence in our life.
When we sacrifice the sinful cravings of the body to become a temple for the Holy Spirit, we receive the Spirit’s constant and perfect TLC.
When we sacrifice a worldly life for a Godly one, we receive the hope and assurance of eternity in heaven.
Which would you rather have?
Gracious Father in Heaven,
I want to be a living, breathing sacrifice for You.
Please give me the courage and strength to be who You want me to be.
In Jesus’ wonderful Name, I pray and praise You, Amen.