Read Romans 12

August 19


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.—Rom. 12:1

Paul has set a difficult task—the presentation of our bodies as living sacrifices. There is an implied contrast. The Romans offered sacrifices in the same manner as did the Jews, the sacrifices of animals which had been killed within the precincts of their temples. Paul invites the Roman Christians to be themselves sacrifices.

Many of them became, in truth, living sacrifices, giving themselves in the Colosseum to the death, singing hymns of praise to God as they did so, and bringing the effective witness of fearlessness, forgiveness, and love. Acceptance of Christ as their Savior, their Way of Life, and living by and through Him became in itself sacrificial living.

But for many this was a new religion. It involved not the sacrifice of earthly possessions, of beasts of the field, but a living, vitalized sacrifice of body, mind, and experience. That is still involved in the Christian faith. It may be my opportunity through this war, to be a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, my spiritual service.

MY FATHER GOD, hear Thou, and hearing, understand, I pray Thee, my needs wherever I may be, on the high seas, on a continent distant from my home, in the air above, or in the waters beneath the sea. In the heavens above and throughout the earth Thou art near. I shall hear Thy voice and obey Thy commands.Thou wilt keep me as in the hollow of Thy hand. For all this I thank Thee and magnify Thee, world without end. Amen.


President, Southwestern College,Winfield, Kan.

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