After that final sacrifice by Jesus which purchased for us Salvation, God no longer required a blood sacrifice.
Instead the Apostle Paul states in the book of Romans that we are to present ourselves to God as a “Living Sacrifice.”
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.
I have personally known friends who have sacrificed and gave up all for the cause of Christ. They had been called to serve The Lord, and when their fiancé was not interested in their call, the women followed Jesus, leaving behind their hope for a husband, a family and children of her own.
One friend has worked as a Missionary for Child Evangelism Fellowship, and her influence and sacrifice has brought thousands of children to find Jesus as Savior. She is a “Mother in Christ,” to children world wide. Her sacrifice of service continues today.
Another women, Lillian Trasher, ten days before her wedding, broke off her engagement and became a missionary as she followed Jesus to Assiout, Egypt where she established the Lillian Trasher orphanage. Many there called her “Mother” and she was indeed,
”The Mother of the Nile.” She was also known as the "Lady on a Donkey," as she rode a donkey requesting food for her orphans. Usually she was given more children and her orphanage grew in numbers.
Lillian Trasher: The Greatest Wonder in Egypt (Christian Heroes: Then and Now) by Geoff Benge and Janet Benge (Authors)
God may not ask you to sacrifice your family and leave for the unknown. Most often he is requiring you to stay where you are planted and bloom for him as a LIVING Sacrifice in word and in deed. Your ministry first is to your own husband and children, then to your family and friends.
Also daily offer to the Lord, your “Sacrifice of praise.” Your verbal praise in song or in prayer becomes a sweet smelling Sacrifice to the Lord.
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