Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (KJV). This verse is popular where I come from, mostly interpreted as a caution against fornication. Very true, living sacrifices however go beyond the lust of the flesh. It involves presenting every organ of your body to glorify God. From the lips of babes God ordained praise.it is tuning your mind, desire, words body language to be acceptable to God. It is not following all our emotions, hormones and desires because we can rather waiting on the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
Ministry is sacrifice. It is responding to the calling of God on your life and not looking back. It is not an easy sacrifice but anyone who leaves, mother, father siblings will be given even more of anything they gave up. Abraham was promised a son.Then he was supposed to sacrifice his only son. I wonder how Abraham was able to simple obey. He sacrificed his entire existence on a hunch which we now agree is faith. And today his descendants are too many to count. To truly give up something you must believe in what you are doing. The one who puts his back to the plough and looks back is not worthy. To follow your calling is going to draw someone to Jesus. The power of God through your ministry will produce sanctification for someone. That men may see you and give glory to God.
Philippians 2:17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. Sacrifice with joy even if it hurts. When we understand that which is required of us we would not murmur or complain. God doesn’t always give us the full picture, he shows us only a few colors and we are to walk on that which he chose to reveal. In pain we need to learn to rejoice. Let’s build our faith through prayer and reading of the Bible that way we can be fully convinced of the will of God for our lives and freely sacrifice.
1 Peter 2:5 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. You are an important piece in the body of God.our entirety is a to be a sacrifice. To serve in his presence to do the work of the one who has called us.
1Peter 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.