I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. -Romans 12:1
What does it mean to be a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1)? Most of us will not be called upon to make the kind of sacrifice that Jesus did for us on the cross. Nevertheless, there are sacrifices we are called upon to make for the benefit of others. For us, becoming a servant may mean sacrificing our pride and going to that person and admitting we were wrong. For you, sacrifice might mean giving up that money you set aside for some special purpose in order to meet a need of a family member or somebody in the body of Christ. Sacrifice might mean giving up your to-do list in order to be interrupted and meet the very real need of somebody God brings into your life.
Think about the life of Jesus.
He was on the most important mission of all time. Yet He was constantly interrupted. He allowed interruptions to come into His life so that He could take care of the woman who was bleeding uncontrollably and the coworker’s mother- in-law who fell ill and the guy who literally dropped in during one of His messages.
To be a servant means that you sacrifice your rights in order to meet the needs of other people. Jesus’ life illustrates that being a servant requires sacrifice – the willingness to give up something that is important to us to meet the needs of others.