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Romans 12:1
  "So then, my friends, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer."


        Sacrifice – can be a living sacrifice, or a dead sacrifice.


        A living sacrifice is one motivated by love.


Love Means... (a girl and guy were speeding over 100 mph on a motorcycle)
Girl: Slow down. I'm scared.
Guy: No this is fun.
Girl: No its not. Please, it's too scary!
Guy: Then tell me you love me.
Girl: Fine, I love you. Slow down! Guy: Now give me a big hug. (Girl hugs him)
Guy: Can you take my helmet off and put it on? It's bugging me.
      In the paper the next day: A motorcycle had crashed into a building because of break failure. Two people were on the motorcycle, but only one survived. The truth was that halfway down the road, the guy realized that his breaks broke, but he didn't want to let the girl know. Instead, he had her say she loved him, felt her hug one last time, then had her wear his helmet so she would live even though it meant he would die.


      # How many have been to a wedding?


      The guests are assembled…the aisle is ready. The groom is waiting at one end, and the bride and her father are at the other end. Slowly the bride makes her way down the aisle. And just as her and her father reach the end of the aisle, they stop, and the pastor says, “Who gives this woman to this man? The father says, I do, and releases the arm of the bride, the groom comes across, takes her arm, and then they both move up to the pastor. There they exchange their vows, dedicating themselves to each other.


       They give themselves a living sacrifice to each other; but they do not see it as a sacrifice, as though they are losing something! The love they have for each other motivates them, and it is a joy to commit to be with each other for life!


       There is no command, no coercion, no forcing through necessity or penalty. It is voluntary, a mutual decision, done from a love to each other.


        Because of God’s great love, because of His great mercy, he appeals to us: Offer yourselves to me a living sacrifice, dedicated to Him. There is no must about it…if you love me, keep my commandments.


A dead sacrifice…is one where we feel we are giving up something; where we feel we MUST give it, because God asks it. It is not motivated by love, but by fear.


        For so long, we have had drummed into us, that we MUST give our bodies a living sacrifice, that if we don’t we are in trouble, neglecting our duty, etc etc. But if this is true, then it is a message that says Young Man must marry Young Lady; she is the one for him, and therefore he has to take her. If Young Man were to take this to heart, he would feel he is giving up something—the freedom to choose to marry whoever he LOVES.  


        Paul says, BECAUSE of God’s great mercy to us…In no other way…for no other reason, give yourself a living sacrifice. In other words, God is not asking us to give up anything….but inviting us to consider His great love for US.


John 15:9-13  “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."


Joh 14:12-15  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments.