Am I a Living Sacrifice?

Mark 12:28-44

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

Some wonderful thoughts to meditate upon in today’s reading. Here is the one I’ve chosen.

What does this verse mean? It’s not enough to just read God’s Word…we must strive to understand the meaning He intends (not the meaning we read into it).

So, we are to love God with:

livingsacrificeAll our heart: Everything we love. Know what you love best? You. If you don’t believe me, consider how much time each day is devoted to your comforts, pleasures, preferences, amusements, goals, etc. So…this means that you must be the first Isaac. You must lay yourself down as a living sacrifice, every moment if necessary. “Not my will, but Thine be done.”

All our soul: That is, our inner spiritual nature. What do we worship? What gets the highest position in our thoughts…that person or thing around which everything else centers? It must be Him. Anything else is a false god…and this position of supremacy is not to be shared. I believe we ladies must caution ourselves in particular, that our family, our husband, our children…that they are not sitting in this highest seat. It is a danger, and it is easy to allow this to happen because so much of our lives are physically occupied with caring for their needs.

For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.” Isa. 45:18

gazeHere is the difference. This object of our soul’s desire is God Almighty. He is not some god of wood or stone who must be cared for, that someone must dust off and keep the birds away from. He is Creator God, and who He is…just that…means He requires worship. He is all knowing, everywhere present, all powerful…He is the one we can run to. No other person or thing dare be put in His place…because anything and anyone else will ultimately and utterly fail. Family, friends, drink, drugs, alcohol, money, food, ambition…will all crumble. Commit the gaze of your soul only to Him.

All our mind: Which includes everything we think about. This is daunting when we really stop and meditate upon it. How many things have you thought about already today? People. Events. To-do lists. Job responsibilities. Cares and burdens. Hopes. Plans. Irritants. Loves. Every thing that can occupy the “little gray cells” must be opened and presented to Him, as if you were having a verbal conversation with Him about everything which pops into your head. Well. That changes things, doesn’t it? How much of your thought life would instantly be eliminated if He was given carte blanche regarding your thinking? Too late. It’s already been done.

“Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.” Ps. 139:2

choresAll our strength. Everything we put our hand to. Everything for which we expend bodily effort and energy. What would this include? For starters, every household duty. Mindful of Him while doing laundry, dusting, loading the dishwasher, sweeping the floor…imagine how that might revolutionize our attitudes about keeping house! Every chore an act of devotion! Everything in which we occupy our time during the day. Jobs. Shopping. Driving. Visiting. Schooling. Reading. Texting and Internet. Everything those little nerve synapses are firing in order to perform! Everything we do to take care of our bodies…dressing, medicating, exercise, adornment, eating, drinking. Now I’m meddling, right? Consider:

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Ecc. 9:10

Now. How might this change how we view today?

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