LISTEN: Every Christian Should Be a Living Sacrifice Unto the Lord, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #95 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Our key Bible passage today is Romans 12:1: “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.”

Our lesson today is titled “Every Christian Should Be a Living Sacrifice Unto the Lord, Part 2”

In our last lesson, we talked about the meaning of consecration. Consecration is the giving of our lives to God to do His will instead of our own. It means we present our bodies and lives to Him as a “living sacrifice.” We also saw that:

1. Consecration is voluntary.
2. Consecration is to the Lord.
3. Consecration is the offering of a whole life to God.
4. Consecration is continual.

Why should we consecrate ourselves to the Lord? Because we belong to Him. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Romans 14:8 also says, “…whether we live, therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.”

These verses tell us plainly that we are not our own. We belong to the Lord. We have been bought with a price. — the precious blood of Jesus Christ! First Peter 1:18-19 says, “You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold… But with the precious blood of Christ….”

The Lord Jesus has redeemed us; He is our Lord and Master; we belong to Him. Since we belong to the Lord, it is only right that we give ourselves to Him. The question is not, “Do we belong to the Lord?” but “Have we given to the Lord that which already belongs to Him?”

Consecration is simply recognizing Christ’s ownership of us and saying to Him, “Lord, we are Yours by right, and we wish to be Yours by choice.” The Bible makes it clear that this is “the reasonable service” of every born-again person.

We know that we should give ourselves to the Lord, but what makes us want to do this? It is the love of Christ. When Christ’s love touches our hearts, we can do nothing but fall down before Him and offer our all to Him. We say with the songwriter:

When we survey the wondrous cross,
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain, we count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine.
That were a present far too small
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, MY LIFE, MY ALL.”

What is the Purpose of Consecration?

The purpose of consecration is that God’s will may be done in our lives. It is really the Lord Jesus who does God’s will in us. Hebrews 13:20-21 says, “Now the God of peace… make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST….”

The Gospels tell us how the Lord Jesus did His Father’s will when He lived here on earth. The book of Acts tells us how He continued to do the Father’s will through the apostles and disciples of that day. Now, the Lord Jesus wants to work through us to do God’s will. To do this, He needs us to offer our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice.

The Lord Jesus has no hands to do God’s work here on earth except our hands. He has no feet to take God’s message to the lost except our feet. He has no lips to tell men of God’s salvation except our lips. This is why the Bible says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

When we give ourselves completely to the Lord Jesus, He will work through us even as the Father worked through Him. Will you give yourself completely to the Lord today?

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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