Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Please read Romans 12: 1 - 2
In our lives we are sometimes asked to make sacrifices. At this time we are sacrificing our freedom of movement, freedom of activity, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association with others. In this text we are asked to offer our entire bodies and lives as a living sacrifice to God. This call to live sacrificially is not just for this time but all the time. We are also encouraged to not conform to the patterns of this world. The patterns of the world change at times and right now it seems as if the patterns of this world revolve around fear, anger, blame, and maybe complaining. However, let us not conform to these patterns but let us try to live in the knowledge that God is in control and that he provides for us and sustains us and will bring healing to this time.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
What sacrifices have you had to make in your life? What sacrifices are you making now? Have you ever offered your body and all that you are as a sacrifice to God? What does that mean?
What do you think Paul means in this passage when he writes about the patterns of this world? What in your opinion are the current patterns of this world? Why is it so easy to conform to the patterns of this world? How do you conform to the patterns of the world?
Paul urges people to be transformed in this passage. How has Jesus transformed you? How do you still need to be transformed?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, while I understand the word sacrifice I admit that I would prefer not to sacrifice. It is also easier to live a life that conforms to this world rather than a life transformed by you and your call to radical obedience. Help me Lord to grow towards a life that is lived sacrificially and sacramentally. Help me to be truly transformed by you God, but I ask that you make these changes at a pace that I can handle. Amen.