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05/27/2015

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Cooperative And Sacrificial People


"And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain" (2 Cor.6:1).... "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship" (Rom.12:1)

The first verse above speaks of cooperation as it urges us to work together... So much more is accomplished in a fellowship of Christians when folks are are the same page and working together. The apostle Paul did not use the wonderful example of unity in 1 Corinthians, chapter four just to hear himself talk. In it he compares the diversity of talents to parts of the human body and lets us know that all are important to the body functioning at is best. I have had 3 joint replacements and I always used the stronger joint to support the new one in my rehabilitation. The writer of the Book of Ecclesiastes says that "a cord of three strands is not easily broken" (3:12). Don't you love it when things hum along smoothly? Along with cooperation, understanding sacrifice is important too. Christianity was born through sacrifice. God gave (sacrificed) His son (Jn.3:16) and the Son gave (sacrificed) His life... Many early Christians, starting with Stephen, (Acts 8:54-58) sacrificed their lives for their faith. Paul knew that he would lose his life for his faith, but was not afraid. Under Jewish Law, the priest offered animal sacrifices, but today's second verse from Romans 12:1 says that we have a higher calling. We are to present our bodies as living sacrifices and that is acceptable to God, which is our spiritual service of worship... When we give our time, money and service to Him, we are being sacrificial. Cooperative and sacrificial are two examples of the type people that the Lord wants us to be... How are we doing?

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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