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A LIVING SACRIFICE.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. R. MILLER




WE are taught to present our
bodies a living sacrifice
unto God. Ancient offer-
ings were brought to the
altar and presented dead.
The life itself was given
to God. But the Christian sacrifice is not to
be presented dead — it is to be given to God
alive. The life, instead of being consumed
in a holocaust, or poured out in a bloody
oblation, is to be given to God for service.
Christ came to give life to his followers, to
give life in abundance. This call to consecra-
tion is therefore a call to life at its best. -
The whole twelfth chapter of Romans may
be considered as an interpretation and the
filHng out of the thought of a " living sacri-
fice " which St. Paul calls us at the begin-
ning to make.
BY J. R. MILLER




WE are taught to present our
bodies a living sacrifice
unto God. Ancient offer-
ings were brought to the
altar and presented dead.
The life itself was given
to God. But the Christian sacrifice is not to
be presented dead — it is to be given to God
alive. The life, instead of being consumed
in a holocaust, or poured out in a bloody
oblation, is to be given to God for service.
Christ came to give life to his followers, to
give life in abundance. This call to consecra-
tion is therefore a call to life at its best. -
The whole twelfth chapter of Romans may
be considered as an interpretation and the
filHng out of the thought of a " living sacri-
fice " which St. Paul calls us at the begin-
ning to make.

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A LIVING SACRIFICEBY J. R. MILLER WE are taught to present ourbodies a living sacrificeunto God. Ancient offer-ings were brought to thealtar and presented dead.The life itself was givento God. But the Christian sacrifice is not tobe presented dead — it is to be given to Godalive. The life, instead of being consumedin a holocaust, or poured out in a bloodyoblation, is to be given to God for service.Christ came to give life to his followers, togive life in abundance. This call to consecra-tion is therefore a call to life at its best. -The whole twelfth chapter of Romans maybe considered as an interpretation and thefilHng out of the thought of a " living sacri-fice " which St. Paul calls us at the begin-ning to make. The wonderful teaching thatfollows explains what these two words mean.[261]m^t wiut uttWe are not to be fashioned according to thisworld, but are to be transformed into thedivine beauty. Our life is to be one of service,of love, of devotion.
 
We talk a great deal about the love of Christ, but we can help the world to knowwhat that love of Christ is, only when inour daily lives we illustrate it and reproduceit. It is our great mission in life to makeJesus Christ appear beautiful to others. Itwas said of an earnest, unselfish man, that byhis own life of devotion he made people fallin love with Jesus Christ. It was said of anold minister who had retired from activeservice, that it was worth all his salary justto have him live in the town. His life wassuch a revealing of the life of Christ thatwherever he went it was like the shining thereof a soft, gentle light.We are to present our bodies to God as liv-ing sacrifices, living, we must remember, notdead. To be dead is to have no more powerto do anything. A little child was talkingone day in the country about what it was to[262]Ci^e LatD of Sacrificebe dead. His mother was trying to explaindeath to him. He was shown a bumblebeethat was not living, and then was asked whatit was to be dead. He said : " Not going anymore." The child's effort at interpretationwas really good. To be dead is to be notgoing any more, to be without life, without*power to do anything. We are called to beliving sacrifices.To be alive, then, is to be going, to be active. >.All true life has in it the quality of sacrifice.We cannot love really and not make sacri-
 
fices. " God so loved the world that he gave."Love always gives — nothing is love that willnot give. Two people cannot live togetherideally in the sacred relation of marriageand not live sacrificially. There can be nofriendship worthy of the name without sacri-fice. Friendship always costs — its cost oftenis very great; we never know what we areengaging to do when we say to a person," I will be your friend." We cannot do goodto others in any effective way without for-getting and denying self in life.[ 263 ]W^t wmv lifeVictor Hugo has taught the world a greatdeal about true and beautiful life. For in-stance, in one place, he is writing of whatmen are by nature : " Men hate, are brutes,fight, lie." Then he says : " But share youyour bread with little children, see that noone goes about you with naked feet, look kindly upon mothers nursing their childrenon the doorsteps of humble cottages, walk through the world without malevolence, donot knowingly crush the humblest flower, re-spect the needs of birds, bow to the purplefrom afar and to the poor at close range.Rise to labor, go to rest with prayer,go to sleep in the unknown, have for yourpillow the infinite; love, believe, hope, live;be like him who has a watering-pot in hishand, only let your watering-pot be filledwith good deeds. Never be discouraged.Be magi, and be fathers, and if you have

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