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Our society tells us that the key to success is to acquire as much as we can—money, possessions, assets, friends, promotions. But this is the opposite of God's formula for success: giving our all.
God's love and sacrifice for us should motivate us to love and to sacrifice ourselves in return.
When we fully comprehend the price of our salvation, we want to give back to God out of gratitude and thanksgiving. When we fully realize the mercies of God, we want to worship Him with our every breath. God's love and sacrifice for us should motivate us to love and to sacrifice ourselves in return. "For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again" (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
In the book of Romans, Paul urges us to offer ourselves as living sacrifices. When we dedicate our whole beings to God, we give Him all we have—our hearts, our minds, our time, our resources, and our personal comforts—even when it costs us everything.
Prayer: God, You have done so much for me. I want to give You all of me as a living sacrifice. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship" (Romans 12:1).
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