Sacrificial Living is God’s Plan
Dear brothers and sisters,
Around us every day we see many examples of death bringing forth life. A kernel of corn is buried and it grows into a tall cornstalk. The ice cube dissolves and cools the water. A match burns itself out to light a fire. Water gets itself dirty to clean you. A battery goes dead giving you music and light. Wood burns itself out to cook your food. Animals and plants die to give you your food. By dying, all these rise to a higher life. That is what the plan of God is for his creation. Parents die everyday for their children. This is what Christian life is all about.
St. Paul says, “…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Rom.12:1) Sacrifice means “anything consecrated and offered to God.” As Catholics, how do we consecrate and offer ourselves to God and to each other as a living sacrifice?
The mind is the key to the Christian life. Jesus says to Peter “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do” (Mt.16:23). Our thinking must be changed (transformed) from ungodly, worldly ways of thinking into godly ways of thinking. What we know in our minds to be true, forms a conviction and that conviction in our hearts translates into action. Therefore, we must first renew our minds and have the mind of Christ.
Having the mind of Christ means sharing the plan, purpose, and perspective of Christ, and it is something that all believers possess. God’s plan in the world - to bring glory to Himself and to provide salvation for sinners. It means we identify with Christ’s purpose “to seek and to save what was lost” (Lk. 19:10). It means we share Jesus’ perspective of humility and obedience (Phil. 2:5-8), compassion (Mt. 9:36), and carrying our cross daily and following Him. Thus our call to follow Christ gives life to everyone in our family and around us. Our life becomes a sacrificial living.
Walking with you in faith,