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A Daily Devotion for Wednesday, September 30

1Peter 2:4-9

verse 5: you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

These words have new meaning for me now. I have a different understanding of the word “sacrifice” in this context. This is not a formal, prepared, ceremonious sacrifice of an animal or money. This sacrifice is a giving up of part of myself, in order to please God. It is a sacrifice of my own time, wishes and feelings in order to serve another. It is a giving back in order to heal a relationship, or a giving forward in order to lift someone up. Sacrifices are not always comfortable and happy events- Christ on the cross being the obvious, ultimate example. I need to look for ways to sacrifice, because it is not always the first choice I make.

Holy One, please open my eyes to opportunities to sacrifice my own needs for the needs of others. I do not always see these chances as they pass by. Thank you, Lord for your ultimate sacrifice which allows me the hope of eternal life with you. Amen

Becky, transforming

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