Living Sacrifices for a Lifetime

Steve Petroelje

Read: Romans 12:1-2

Present your bodies as a living sacrifice. (v. 1)

Guilt, grace, and gratitude. Sin, salvation, and service. These are the summary points of the Heidelberg Catechism, a statement of faith that helps us understand Scripture. These words are also a great summary of the gospel. We must be careful not to turn the gospel into fire insurance—a way only to avoid hell and enter heaven. The good news is much more than that; the gospel is meant to be lived out in gratitude and service. Would others describe you as grateful?

Our conversion to Christ justifies us as righteous in God’s sight. Being saved by God must then become a lifetime of sanctification. The song “Living for Jesus” describes this well:

Living for Jesus a life that is true, striving to please him

in all that I do; /Yielding allegiance glad hearted and free,

this is the pathway of blessing for me.

The apostle Paul understood the points of gratitude and service. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross ended the need for sin sacrifices on an altar. Instead of offering animal sacrifices, Christians are to be living sacrifices. We are to sacrifice self and the pursuit of earthly things as we worship God through our lives. We strive to be living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God. After all, there are many others who still need to hear and respond to the good news, and God wants to use us to make that happen. —Steve Petroelje

Prayer: Gracious Savior, pour out your Spirit on me today. Help me live for you with gratitude and service. Amen.