When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. –Genesis 22:9
Many times, this was mistaken by other people that God wants of us is the sacrifice of death…
But what God wants is the sacrifice through death, which enables us to do what Jesus did, that is, sacrifice our lives.
Not what Simon Peter said in Luke 22:33 – “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”
But “I am willing to be identified with Your death so that I may sacrifice my life to God.”
God never tells us to give up things just for the sake of giving them up but He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having – life with Himself.
It is a matter of letting go of the things that hinders us to grow spiritually… things that hold back our lives… but when we open our heart for obedience, by identification with death of Jesus. Then we enter into relationship with God whereby we may sacrifice our lives to Him.
It is not to give Him your life for death; it doesn’t mean that we give up our job or leave our families… He wants us to be a “living sacrifice” – to let Him have all your strengths that have been saved and sanctified through Jesus. To live a life that glorifies Him.
We are also in the mission field when we are at work, at home or even with friends… As the salt and light of this world, we are to shine for Jesus…
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. – Romans 12:1
This is what is acceptable to God. Not merely ritual activity but the involvement of heart, mind and will in worship and obedient service.