Can God Use Broken Bodies As A Living Sacrifice?

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Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1

As I quest for changes in my life, I am realizing that it is a  lifestyle transformation I am seeking.

There is so much of the “old” me that I hold on to.  Some of that is evidenced by the clutter around me.  Some of it is readily seen by my actions and activities. And then, there are the thoughts in my mind.  Those old tapes, implanted so many years ago, that show how harshly I judge myself and, sad-to-say, others.

I know that I cannot wave a magic want and suddenly be the new and improved me.

I know God could do that if He chose, yet I think the step-by-stepness of the process, is truly what brings me closer to being the person God wants me to be.

It’s a choice.

How many times I come back to that fact. 

And so many of those choices feel like sacrifices.

I’d much rather indulge myself. 

Yet, I know what indulging myself does to me.  

I see evidence of that everywhere I look.

So many things that I just “had-to-have” fit in the nooks and crannies of my home.

I look in the mirror and see how much heavier I am this year than last.

Yes, some of that can’t really be helped.  My inability to be very active, my meds, my medical conditions contribute to that problem.

But, somehow it has given me license to eat as much as I want.  I eat healthy foods - but even too many healthy foods aren’t good for me.

I sleep as much as I want.  I make choices to stay in my recliner rather than do much at all during the times I feel well.

Thanks to Netflix, I can sit and watch hour after hour of my current favorite TV series.

I don’t often view the things I know I need to change as pleasant.

Each thing I change, each thing I give up, is a sacrifice.

It is so not easy.

Yet, something deep inside calls to me that this is, indeed, the time for those changes.

I truly understand that many are not in the place I am in right now.  For many of you, surviving this day is the most important thing for you to do.  And I respect that.  

Yet, I sense that this is my time.

You will know beyond a shadow of a doubt when it is your time to follow God’s lead, despite your challenges.  As I have said before, maybe because of your challenges.

I guess I am focusing on openness today. 

Openness.  Willingness.

To become a living sacrifice to our God as we join hands to become living stones, giving Him the finest sacrifice we have.

Ourselves.

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5.

I’d love for you to join in the conversation on the website!  I’ve received so many emails from you as to how you are finding yourselves on this journey!  It would be great if we could connect with each other and share on the site.  :)  

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