Continued from yesterday: Our Pastor, Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders, speaking on Jeremiah 18:1-6….
So we recognize that the things they were doing then, we are doing [today] in a different sense. Nowadays, people feel like we don’t have to really buckle down and truly worship God and make sacrifice. Nowadays, the sacrifice that we make is the sacrifice in [the] giving of ourselves. The Bible lets us know, “What? Know ye not that your bodies are the temples of Christ?” (see 1 Corinthians 6:15-20) And, so, the sacrifice that you make is [the] giving of yourself.
The sacrifice you make is putting away some of those fleshy…desires. The things that you really don’t need [in your life so that you will] be able to walk with God. The sacrifice that you make is “laying aside every sin.” And, then, going a step further, “laying aside every weight” – things that would beset us. (see Hebrews 12:1-2) These are the sacrifices that we make.
But we are living in a day and time where folk… want to have their cake and they want to eat it too… They want to have the benefit of living a holy life, but they want to walk hand in hand with the world, too. We want to look like the world; we want to talk like the world; we want to dress like the world; we want to act like the world; but we want to be respected and honored by God.
But God wants somebody that is in love with Him. God wants somebody that is willing to draw the line and say, “Lord I belong to You and I want You to belong to me. I want to be Yours and I want You to be mine.” God wants somebody that realizes that the sacrifice is not too great.
Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders
Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
September 13, 2011
- Self-sacrifice is an extension of the self (teachingsofmasters.wordpress.com)
- Living Sacrifices (goldenbible.wordpress.com)