Christ gave His life for us, and we should be willing to do the same:
“I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” -Romans 12:1-2, NAB
Have you ever given a child a really expensive gift? It could be your son, daughter, niece, nephew, or even a grandchild. You find a really special gift that you are sure will mean just as much to them as it does to you. You spare no expense and spend more than you would normally have spent.
When it comes time for the child to finally open the gift, you are probably just as excited as they are. As they tear open the packaging, you can see the glow in their eyes. Finally, they finish unwrapping the gift and stare intently at it. Of course, we are hoping to have them run up to us with a large hug, but what if they don’t? What if they toss it aside as if it meant very little to them? What if you see them carelessly handle this expensive, fragile gift. Would it upset you?
Our life is a precious gift from God, and He was willing to pay any price for us – including sending His Son to the cross. Yet, we sometimes fail to see its true value. This gift He has given us is very fragile, but much like the child, we treat it carelessly. We let our bodies, minds, and souls be defiled by the world. We are selfish, little brats that only think of how we can serve our own interests.
To be like Christ, we must stop being a child and begin to recognize our life for the gift that it is. Every moment that we have is a gift from God. Once we accept this gift, we must be willing to share that gift, and even sacrifice it in the name of Christ. In the end, what are we really sacrificing? Our life was never really our own anyway.
There is no greater way to show God how much we appreciate the gift He has given us than to use it to serve Him. Whether we make small sacrifices of our time, energy, and money, or we are called to lay down our life for our God, it is pleasing to God. From baking cookies for the bake sale to going on mission trips to dangerous locations, the sacrifices we make on behalf of God are duly noted.
Let’s give our lives, that were a gift from God in the first place, back to Him as a sacrifice. Let us show Him our love and appreciation for this wonderful gift we have received.