Great pick, huh? It’s a road sign I found on the way to the Sweet Spot. I’ve been calling these posts the Tootsie Roll Chronicles because if you can get past the hard outer shell of life deep inside you’ll find all the sweet chocolaty goodness God has designed for you. That’s your sweet spot.
Last week we said that in order to find your sweet spot you have to:
- Know where you’re going.
- Know where you are.
- Decide how you’re going to get there.
We said Romans 12:1 – 2 is a picture of the sweet spot God has in mind for you. It’s your destination. Before we go on, read those verses again.
“Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies to God a living and holy sacrifice which is your spiritual act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what the will that God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:1 – 2
You can know you you’re living in your sweet spot when you become a living sacrifice.
Being a living sacrifice is hard for us to relate to. Thankfully, we don’t sacrifice live animals in our worship anymore. We don’t have to because Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for us. But in the Old Testament and in Jesus’ time the idea of what a sacrifice really looked like was easy to see. Leviticus chapter 1 describes it. You ought to read it sometime.
Want to see a real sheep sacrifice!? Visit YouTube and search for SHEEP SACRIFICE. You’ll see a Muslim religious ceremony that involves the slaughter of a live sheep. It’s not exactly the same, but you’ll get a glimpse of the bloody mess worship in the Old Testament really was. This is not for the squeamish, so be warned, it’s not the pretty buildings and pleasant music we’re used to in our worship, but it is a picture of what worship at the Temple in the Old Testament must have been like.
Worship in the Old Testament was active. It was a bloody mess. You and the Priest would take your offering, ritualistically dissect it, then place the mutilated flesh onto the altar and burn it. It stained your clothes. The smell saturated your skin. Worship had a look, feel, and sound and when you left, the evidence of worship was all over you.
That’s what it means to be a living sacrifice; to give more than you think you can afford and trust God to provide, to have the evidence of worship all over you.
When was the last time someone even noticed that you are a God Worshipper? As a living sacrifice the evidence will be all over you.
This week I hope your worship of God is evident to all. I hope you will be a living sacrifice; that you will give more than you think you can afford, that you’ll give your all, really – and trust God to provide. When you do, the evidence of worship will be all over you and you’ll be well on your way to finding your sweet spot.
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