Every Christian Should Be a Living Sacrifice Unto the Lord, Part 3 (Onward Christian Soldiers #96)

Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward Christian Soldiers


Romans 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.”

As we learned in our previous lesson, consecration is simply recognizing Christ’s ownership of us and saying to Him, “Lord, we are Yours by right, and we wish to be Yours by choice.” So, how do we consecrate ourselves to God?

The Bible tells us that we are to present ourselves to God “as being alive from the dead.” God does not want us to offer our old self life to Him. It is the new life in Christ which God wants us to present to Him. Romans 6:13 says, “…present yourselves to God, as being alive from the dead…”

God cannot use anything of the old life. It’s dead. Only those who are “alive from the dead” can serve Him. It is only as we see that we have been crucified with Christ, buried with Him, and raised up again with Him, that we can truly consecrate our lives to God.

The result of consecration is that we die to our own plans and ambitions and live to do the will of God. The Lord Jesus is our Example. He did not come into the world to do His own will or to be great in the eyes of men. He came to do the will of His Father. Though He was God, He humbled Himself and took the form of a servant. He was obedient to the will of God, even unto the death of the cross. God now says to us, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

Do not think that, if you consecrate your life to the Lord, you will become a world famous preacher or evangelist. Our Saviour was despised and rejected of men. We are His servants, and the Bible says, “The servant is not greater than his Lord.” You may indeed become well-known, but that is not the point. If you are truly consecrated to God, you will give Him all the glory and praise anyway.

It is most likely, however, that you will not be great in the eyes of men. Nevertheless, there is a great blessing in consecration. The Blessing of Consecration is in finding God’s perfect will for our lives. God has a work for every child of His. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” When we consecrate our lives to the Lord, He can show us the work He has for us. Our greatest satisfaction comes when we find God’s will for our lives and do it.

Think of the joy of meeting the Lord in glory and hearing Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…Enter into the joy of thy Lord.”

God has asked us to present our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice. There is no substitute for this. Prayer, Bible reading, Christian work, witnessing, going to church — all of these things are good but they will not take the place of consecration.

Do you understand what God is asking of you? Have you seen that you belong to Him—all that you are and all that you have—for all time? Have you considered what He has done for you? Has Christ’s love touched your heart so that you want to give yourself to Him? If so, please repeat the following statement of consecration.

As a born-again person, I realize that I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ.

I believe that the Lord Jesus is dwelling in me by His Spirit because God’s Word says so.

I believe that He is seeking to work out His purpose through me.

I realize that my life must be yielded to Him in order that He may accomplish this purpose.

I hear His call to me, “I beseech you, by the mercies of God, that you present your body a living sacrifice.”

I now heed that call.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

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