“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
The problem with living sacrifices is that they keep trying to crawl off the altar. Surrendering to someone else’s will brings about tremendous fear, even when it is God’s will.
What will He ask you to do? Stay in a tumultuous relationship or marriage for the good of the other person? Walk away from a relationship that is not honoring or pleasing to Him? Watch your spouse or child head overseas to serve their country? Move your family halfway across the country for a new job?
Fear associated with surrendering to uncertainty can cause a living sacrifice to wiggle right off the altar and try to take back control. Sometimes you can’t even muster the courage to get on there in the first place!
When you are tempted to wiggle off the altar, God asks you to stay on it, rely on His mercy and grace to get you through, and believe His promise that He is working out all things for your ultimate good.