READ: Hebrews 12:1-11
“… present your bodies a living sacrifice…unto God, which is your reasonable service.” – Romans 12:1
Paul made many sacrifices for his faith and he was glad about it. There is nothing like working for God without paying the price. Some people want to be pastors without paying the price. The seed must always die if it is to bear fruit. Be honest with yourself and accept this reality.
In the Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, there are several accounts of how people were killed for their faith. Some were eaten by lions. Some of the early Christians were also hanged on the cross. Some thought they were not worthy to be crucified in the same way as their master Jesus. So they asked to be crucified upside down.
God asks you to present your body as a living sacrifice! This represents an undying sacrifice; something that goes on and on. It is unending! But somebody with faith will survive! If you have faith you will survive. A person with faith will go through! With faith you will cross the mountains! You will cross the sea! You will survive in the desert because of what you believe.
One martyr said, “Eighty and four years have I served the Lord. Why should I deny my Lord at this time? What evil has He done to me?” Someone with faith will never deny the Lord! “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15).