He (Job) said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21
My friend, Paul, was a good man and he was dying. After retiring from a successful career, he spent much of his time volunteering at the local rescue mission, working with alcoholics and addicts. He was a faithful, generous member of our congregation and an example of Christian living to all who knew him.
The rare and aggressive form of leukemia which Paul contracted did not respond to treatment. Yet he did not rail against his fate or question God’s goodness. He simply continued to use the time God had given him. Each time he was hospitalized he pushed his IV pole through the wards, handing out Bibles and telling others about Jesus.
Paul knew that everything he had belonged to God: his time, his money, even his life. He spent it all wisely. His life was a “living sacrifice.”
Gracious God, teach us to remember that everything comes from your hand. Help us to use all our circumstances as an opportunity to praise and thank you. Amen
For further reading check out Lamentations 3:1-24; Philippians 1:12-30; Matthew 26:36-42; Psalm 23
Who has been an example of living sacrifice to you?