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How much is the average Christian aware of the concept of sacrifice in the Christian life? The Apostle Paul pleads with us to be a living sacrifice, because he says it is reasonable in light of what Christ has done for us and there can be no success without it.
To have power with God and man we must give ourselves wholly to God. Someone said that God does not need much of a man, but he needs all there is of him. The price of spiritual power is an entire surrender to God.
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: Romans 12:1-2.
Paul says the mercies of God should cause us to make a complete surrender. The mercies of God should bring us face to face with our need of an entire surrender. Jesus died for us that we might live for him. The inspiration for our service comes from the cross of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14).
A second reason for an entire surrender is because sacrifice is essential to success. Success in any field demands we pay the price. Men cannot succeed unless they bleed. Paul knew what it meant to be a living sacrifice.
Finally, Paul said complete surrender is our reasonable service. God has always been reasonable in his demands. The sacrifices we make for Christ are nothing in comparison to what he has done for us. Every Christian ought to be busy in the service of the master.