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. -Romans 12:1 (KJV)
Occasionally during a crucial moment in my Sunday sermon someone’s cell phone starts ringing. Pockets are searched, a purse might be emptied, and there is a general feeling of “Oh please make this stop” in the air where peaceful worship had prevailed. After what seems like a long time the phone is recovered and turned off. My usual strategy in these moments is to go on preaching as if I can’t hear it. “Poor Brother Dan.” people probably think. “He’s losing his hearing.” No, my hearing is fine; I’m simply trying to cope with yet another nuisance created by the age of technology.
Millions of people carry cell phones and we would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t own one. Most of us have become so dependent on our phones that if we forget them we turn the car around and go back to get them. Truly we have come to believe we cannot function without our cell phones.
Consider what would happen if we resolved that there are certain aspects of our faith we will not do without. What if we decided we would not leave the house in the morning unless we have prayed and spent time in God’s Word? Imagine what would happen if we determined to be Christ-like at all times? Picture an outlook on life so characterized by the love of the Lord in us that we begin to see others the way Christ sees them.
Such personal sacrifice would be revolutionary in today’s world. Instead of looking out for ourselves and our needs we would become more attuned to the needs of others. Such love compels us to reach out in the name of the Lord and become those living, breathing, and walking sacrifices spoken of Scripture. We would become energized to walk forward in vibrant faith each day. Instead of being self-centered we would become Christ-centered. Rather than be bitter we would be joyful. A pessimistic outlook would be replaced by one of optimism over the blessings the Lord has in store for us. When we become living sacrifices for Christ we are empowered to rise up from the ashes of defeat and experience the true power of God’s Spirit. Such spiritual power is like cool, clear water to a parched and weary soul.
Do you desire this fresh touch from God? Try putting your phone on silent for a while and get back into God’s Word and prayer. You will be astounded at the results.