What can we learn from this scripture that was written to the Priest in the Old Testament? How does it apply to us as New Testament believers who are not required to make a sacrifice of burnt offerings to the Lord anymore? I would like you to turn in your Bible to my life verses of Romans 12:1-2 and you will see how this applies to us. When sacrificing an animal according to God’s law, a priest would kill the animal, cut it in pieces, and place it on the altar. Sacrifice was important, but even in the Old Testament God made it clear that obedience from the heart was much more important. God desires us to offer ourselves as living sacrifices – daily laying aside our own desires to follow Him, putting all our energy and resources at His disposal, and trusting Him to guide us.
Our new life is a thankful-offering to God. Offering our body as a living and holy sacrifice to be completely set apart for God and dedicated to his service. When we do not present ourselves daily to God as a living sacrifice to Him and only give Him our secondhandedness and not our everything, we become no better than the priest of the OT. It’s our reasonable service or act of spiritual worship to live for Him – Are you living for Him today?
PRAYER – Father, as far as the payment for my sins – You look at me and say, “Paid in Full.” But You make a petition of me to live for You for Your honor and glory – not mine. Today I will be a living sacrifice for You. This is reasonable after Your Son’s sacrifice for me. Thank You, Father. Amen.