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Summary: What is sacrifice all about? Are many of us willing to sacrifice something to God and does He really require it. This sermon deals with those questions.

A Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

The World Series will be getting underway soon.

The champion of Major League Baseball will be determined.

All of the possible 7 games

will be on television, radio and the internet.

During those games, there is a certain play that might come up.

It’s called a “sacrifice”.

Here’s how it might happen.

One team has a runner on third base.

The team that is batting wants that runner to score.

So the man and the plate hits a long fly ball to the outfield.

The ball is caught by one of the other team’s outfielders.

After the ball is caught,

the runner at third touches the third base bag

and runs to home plate scoring a run.

Ordinarily, if a batter hits a ball and it’s caught for an out,

the hitter’s batting average would be reduced.

In the situation I just described, his batting average does not suffer.

The reason it doesn’t is because what he did

is called a “sacrifice fly”.

The out that the batter made allowed a man to score.

He helped the whole team.

That sacrifice fly is not counted as a time at bat

so his batting average is unaffected.

There is also a sacrifice bunt.

One batter bunts the ball and is thrown out at first base,

but in doing that he made it possible for a runner on base

to move to the next base.

One person gives up something for the good of the whole entire team.

Now, the word sacrifice is defined in Webster’s dictionary as, “To suffer loss of, give up, renounce, injure or destroy for an ideal, belief, or end.”

So to sacrifice is to give up something for a specific purpose.

Paul wrote about sacrificing in Romans 12:1.

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

The word sacrifice is used 218 times in the Bible .

As Christians, our bodies are the temple of the holy spirit.

The Bible plainly tells us this in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

We are to give our bodies as a sacrifice to God.

What is so valuable to us that we cannot give it up

to bring a lost soul to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?

What is so valuable to us that we cannot give it up

to keep a soul from going to hell?

Now, I know many of us would say, “I am doing things for God.”

I have sacrificed my time to help somebody.

I have sacrificed my money to help the church.

However, we misunderstand what sacrificing to God is all about.

Isaiah 1:11

"To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?"

Says the LORD. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams

And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls,

Or of lambs or goats.

How about Hosea 6:6

For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,

And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

1 Samuel 15:22

So Samuel said: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of

rams.

King David wrote in Psalm 51:16

For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;

You do not delight in burnt offering.

Some people would say, “ Well, the Bible is contradicting itself again. In some places it says to sacrifice and in other places it says that God does not want our sacrifices.”

Well folks, there are no contradictions in the Bible.

We just misunderstand at times.

I am going to read Psalm 51:16 again

and continue on reading the very next verse.

Psalm 51:16-17

For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;

You do not delight in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,

A broken and a contrite heart--

These, O God, You will not despise.

Did God need the animal sacrifices

the Israelites were commanded to present in the Old Testament?

Did God want the fat of the beasts and the blood of the lambs?

Did God want the grain offerings so he would not go hungry?

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