What Kind of Sacrifice Are We?
Gerald D. Branch
Pastor Gerald D. Branch Copyright 2000 Feel free to use this message in your ministry. In those instances where the work of another may have helped give inspiration, I have tried to give credit to such. This message may not be reposted or published without permission
If you and I know Jesus Christ, as our Savior and Lord, THEN, does it not then not make sense, THAT WE, whom He came into this world to save, to redeem us to Himself as we're told in Titus 2:14- ''...who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people''-does it not therefore make sense that you and I then be devoted to Him?
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, sent by God, to come into this world, so that all of us might believe in Him, and that we not perish. Jesus GAVE Himself for us, folks, therefore, is it too much to expect that we be not be totally dedicated to Him, that we not be about worshiping Him... that we not be about serving Him?
Stop and ask yourself-how much devotion to Jesus do we, both individually, and as a church, how much devotion do we truly show to the Lord, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord? Do we really show Him the TOTAL devotion that He deserves?
I believe that as we look to Scripture, we find some very strong EXHORTATION along this line: Here in the very first verse of this chapter, Paul writes, ''I beseech you therefore, brethren,'' That translates that you and I are TENDERLY URGED, to devote ourselves to PRESENT our bodies to God, to Not be conformed to this world, to be transformed, so that we prove, or that we approve as being genuine-
You see, folks, Paul is not writing this to unbelievers- he's writing it to CHRISTIANS-that's why he uses the word, ''brethren''-Paul is telling his audience of believers, not just back then, but because God's Word is for all time, so Paul is also telling you and me today, that we are to ...
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