Willingly & Obediently Laying it All Down

“God’s call to you and me today is to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to the Lord; to willingly and obediently lay it all down for Jesus.”

Romans 12:1
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

The path was long and steep. Abraham, now over 100 years of age, led his young son up the mountain. Isaac was carrying a stack of firewood and a lit lantern. The old man was sombre and teary-eyed. His God – the God Almighty – had asked him to do the unthinkable, to sacrifice his son to him on the mountain.

On arriving at its peak, Abraham built an altar. “Here’s the fire, Abba, and the wood,” said the boy, “but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Sobbing, the old man bound his son and raised him to the altar. The boy showed no resistance. He trusted his father. Raising the sharp knife, Abraham was poised to plunge it deep into his son of promise. Just then, he heard, his name being called, “Abraham, Abraham!” Abraham lifted his eyes and looked. Behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. On the mount of the Lord, God had provided a lamb for the sacrifice. Abraham worshiped God.

Isaac was Abraham’s living sacrifice. Abraham had heard the call of God to surrender his son – his dreams – to the Lord and obediently followed the call of God. It was Abraham’s obedience that God honoured, because obedience is better than sacrifice. Isaac, Abraham’s living sacrifice, returned home with his father, alive and well. Isaac grew to become the ancestor of Messiah.

God’s call to you and me today is to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to the Lord; to willingly and obediently lay it all down for Jesus. To offer our dreams, our aspirations and hopes to him, as holy sacrifices. Like Abraham, God is calling you and me to obediently let go of our private agendas and ambitions, to willingly sacrifice them on his altar. It is said that it is the altar that sanctifies the sacrifice. As you lay down your dreams on his altar as a living sacrifice, your gracious Lord will provide. He will restore your dreams many times over.

Today, lay it all down and be transformed by the renewal of your mind, to discern the perfect will of God for your life.

God-tracking is a living sacrifice.

Genesis 22:1-19
1 Samuel 15:22
Romans 12:1-2

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I choose now to let go  of it all and renew my mind that I may find your perfect will for my life.

“O God, Almighty, I come to your altar, in Jesus’ name and willingly offer my life as a living sacrifice. Take all my desires, my aspirations and my ambitions. I choose now to let go of it all and renew my mind that I may find your perfect will for my life. Like Abraham, I offer you my dreams and trust you, O Father, to provide all I need for life and living. Receive my praise as an offering. Amen.”

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Dudley Anderson

Originally from South Africa, Dudley Andersen now lives in the UK where he heads up Sure Reality Media and pastors Cornerstone Family Church in Worcestershire. He is married to Karen-Leigh and has two children, Kerryn and Ryan. Dudley has a background in radio and has worked for Radio Pulpit, Impact Radio and Christian Vision. Since 2005 he has produced diverse content for various Christian stations. He is the author of God-Tracking Through the Year and Overflowing Hope and writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also a worship leader.

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