I have the unique privilege of mentoring young men every week. I challenge them to sacrifice their lives for our risen Savior, Jesus Christ. I also have the unique privilege of coaching at a private school in the city in which I live. I coach basketball during the winter, but during the fall and the spring I coach distance running. The irony here is that what I teach the guys I mentor is very similar to what I tell my distance runners. To live the Christian life requires sacrifice, and to run long distance requires sacrifice!
Why would one want to sacrifice their body and run long distance? Why would one want to live a life of sacrifice for King Jesus? Could the answer be the same?
Paul tells us in Romans that God’s glory is revealed in creation. I 100% agree with this! Check out these pics that show the glory of God. I must confess I chose these pictures because they were taken by my daughter, Gracie, and I wanted to brag on her a bit. I also wanted to sneak in a new one of Baby Levi. I know shameless bragging again. The bottom line is this though – These pics declare the glory of God through His Creation! Check them out:
How can we look at this and not see God’s glory? Many do not and God gives them over to their sin. Paul tells us this in Romans. For those who are able to see the glory of God through creation, God reveals to them the wickedness in their hearts and shows them their need for a Savior. In Romans Paul tells us we have been purchased by God through Christ’s blood, and through faith in Christ we are truly alive! Praise the Lord!
Paul then goes on in Romans 12:1 to tell us that it is God’s mercies that motivate us to live a life of sacrifice for Him. I challenge my distance runners to focus on God’s glory in creation. I challenge them to focus on what Christ did for us on the cross. If their focus is on Christ’s glory and Christ’s cross, what I tell them is that they will be able to sacrifice their bodies for the race they are about to run.
Is not the same true about life? Can we focus on God’s glory through creation? Can we fix our eyes on the one who rescued us from hell, from sin, and from ourselves? When we do this, aren’t we motivated to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice? This is true worship.
Let us run the race of life today sacrificing our lives for the one who is both Creator and Savior.
How is Christ asking me to do this today? How is He asking you to do this? Let’s find the answer to that question together so we can get to the feet of our Savior and worship Him!!!