Called To Offer Spiritual Sacrifices
Called To Offer
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ”
(1 Peter 2:5).
This verse of scripture is quite profound. It isn’t suggestive; rather, Peter, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us in the affirmative God’s purpose for our lives: He has built us as a spiritual house, and as a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to Him through Jesus Christ. This is your purpose; it’s one of the reasons you’re in this world, and if you’re not fulfilling it, you’re living a different dream, not God’s dream.
When you locate this as your purpose, you’d realize that God isn’t just there to answer your prayers or see to it that everything goes all right with you. Of course, He does answer your prayers, and ensures that everything goes all right with you, but that’s not what He’s there for. Your fellowship with Him is more important. If you’d fulfil the true purpose for which He created you, you’d find yourself walking in His divine plan; and within His divine plan, you’re shielded from evil! You won’t have to keep praying to Him to protect you against evil, like those who would always pray, “Oh God, as I go out today, I pray that no evil will befall me.” That’s a prayer of spiritual babies.
As you grow spiritually, and function in God’s purpose for your life, you’d find no need for that kind of prayer, because the prayer of Jesus Christ for you, has already been answered. Before He died, He prayed that we be delivered, protected and kept from the evil one (John 17:15). When He arose from death, He was given all authority on heaven and in earth, and then He delivered that authority to us—to rule over Satan, sickness, disease and the cohorts of darkness.
Thus, your life ought to be the daily expression of His praise, thanksgiving, and worship. You’re to keep offering up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ, for bringing you into a life of liberty and dominion: to reign and express His will, character and goodness in the earth.
Dear heavenly Father,
I worship and adore you; blessed be your Name forever, for you’ve enlightened my heart to know and understand your will for my life. Therefore, having located my purpose in you, I walk diligently in your grace for prosperity, divine health, protection, and victory every day,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:8
1 Year Bible reading plan: Luke 19:28-48; 1 Samuel 16-17
2 Year Bible reading plan: Mark 4:30-41; Leviticus 22