Posted by: ZacharyThomas | December 13, 2008

The Presentation of a living Sacrifice

They process of living more for Christ and less for ourselve is so elegant and beautiful, yet so aggonizing and difficult. I’m going through a season where The Father is really calling me to kill off more of Zach so that Jesus Christ can become more alive in me. Its not fun, it is indeed as I stated before an aggonizing process, a war within the very core of my being. Its so very interesting and I am Joyful that God is continuously working in me, even right now. That lets me know that I’m at least on the right track and doing something right, also the meyouthcamp071fact that life isn’t all hunky dorey and there are things that I really have to trust God with lets me know that HE is in control.

As I relates to this season of change God has really given me a personal revelation about Romans 12:1&2 which says: “1. 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. 2. 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.” I don’t even remember when, but I read that verse and the Holy Spirit spoke to me and say “You are to be a LIVING SACRIFICE”. When I typically think of a sacrifice, things die, for something to be sacrificed it has to be killed. In the Old Testament, animals were sacrificed(killed) to atone for sins. Jesus Himself was the ultimate sacrifice and allowed the human body which He dwelt and lived a perfect life in to be killed. So if you think about it the phrase “Living Sacrifice” in of itself is a contradictory phrase, until it is placed within the life of a Christian where it makes perfect sense. We are called to die to ourselves and let Jesus become more alive in us. So what that verse says to me is: You need to kill off more of the old Zach, and let more of the Jesus filled new Zach become alive.

This process quite honestly bites, my flesh is lazy and likes to sleep in. I like to not have a schedule that results in my prayer and time studying the word being horribly inconsistent and ineffective. I like to stay up late at night and sleep till noon the next day(which homeschooling allows =)) but sadly  the time for those habits has come to an end. God’s calling me up to a new intimacy with Him, its going to cost me alot but It will be worth it. I talked with my Youth Pastor a couple Wednesdays ago and He and His wife are going to hold me accountable to how much studying of the word i’m doing, how much i’m praying, the amount of time spent in worship and the amount of time spent with my parents. That is one of the ways I’m being stretched and held accountable to develope a consistent relationship with God. I’m not sure how long this season is going to last, but I’m going to get the most out of it that I can, allowing myself to be trained by The Father and those He’s placed in authority over me. Truly I say unto you that God is great! He is alive in this day and time, He’s not sick but is thriving as always. His love for you is incomprehensible. Oh how I love my scatter-brained posts. =)

I must ask for anyone that may read this, what is the season that you are in? What is God calling you to work on in your life?


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