Dustin Linenberger - Assistant Pastor / Jr. High Ministry / IT Dept

Dustin Linenberger - Assistant Pastor / Jr. High Ministry / IT Dept

Living Sacrifice

I recently heard it said that the role of a shepherd is to raise his sheep to be a sacrifice. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, our example to us, His sheep: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:11

May we follow His example, living our lives for Him, just as He gave His life for us. As you read and meditate on His Word, ask your Good Shepherd how you can truly live your life as a living sacrifice. There is no greater way to live! “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1–2

“You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5 Part of sacrificial living will require us to persevere, even under persecution: “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12  

When we do encounter opposition, may we boldly pray to continue our witness for Christ, as the disciples did: “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word.” Acts 4:29

 

In Christ, Pastor Dustin Linenberger