April 20 – LD 16, Day 5: The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving
Friday the 20th of April
in Heidelberg Catechism Meditations
Romans 12:1 - “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.”
Christ’s death was an atonement offering for our sins. Our lives now must be lived as thank offerings to God. As new creatures made after the likeness of Jesus, we both can and must devote our lives to His service
We must never forget the price that God paid to redeem us. The more we meditate on His suffering and death, the more we must live in praise and thanksgiving for His love and tender mercy. We will praise Him forever because He did that which we could never do. We have been taken from the bondage of eternal death.
The will of God is that we be holy, even as He is holy. May you live today in the consciousness of that calling. We who by nature would live for ourselves have been made free from that bondage. We will now live for Him!
The same Holy Spirit that dwelt in Jesus without measure lives and dwells in us. We really are made new creatures after His likeness.
There is nothing greater we can give than to live our lives for Him. It is not enough that our sinful desires were put to death. There also is something new that comes to life as we now live unto Him.