I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1
What a strange thing Paul requires of us, that our bodies should be offered as a living sacrifice. In days when so much is made of the sacrifice of human life, it rubs us the wrong way to read that our faith requires such a sacrifice as well. The difference is that this living sacrifice ends in life and service, not in death and defeat. Paul calls upon us not to end our life for our faith’s sake; but to renew, recommit, and reinvigorate that life in the service of God and God’s people.
The sacrifice is not in giving up our life, but in the giving up of those things in our life that might cause us to fail to serve God’s people to the fullest extent of our abilities.
Prayer: O God, the giver of life, help us ever to be aware of the gift of life that you have bestowed upon us, that we may ever use this gift to your glory and for the service of your people. Through Christ, the servant of servants, we pray.   Amen