Sacrifice and Surrender

Scripture Reading: 
Galatians 2; 1 Corinthians 9

“There is nothing in the world as delightful as a continual walk with God. Only those who have experienced it can comprehend it. And yet I do not recommend that you seek it solely because it is so enjoyable. Do it because of love, and because it is what God wants. If I were a preacher, the one thing that I would preach about more than anything else is the practice of the presence of God.”~Brother Lawrence (The Practice of the Presence of God)

Don’t confuse sacrifice with surrender. They are siblings in the crucified life, but they are not twins. Sacrifice is offering up something at a given point in time with a measure of awareness as to both its merit and outcome. Surrender is putting into practice our sacrifice. Sacrifice is something that must be slain, done away with, a necessary death; you don’t get it back. Surrender transfers ownership; you get it back in spades, but someone else receives the credit. Christian sacrifice is portrayed in Scripture as an enduring surrender. “Crucified…nevertheless I live” (Galatians 2:20). “Present your bodies a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1). Offering myself to God is essential; practicing the presence of him in moment-by-moment surrender is both the joy and beauty of sacrifice.

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