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A Snapshot of Five Servants

Although he already had my full attention, I could hear in my spirit Yeshua call to me by name.  My name, Christi, means “like Christ, the anointed one” in Greek. I’ve come to realize that when Yeshua says my name, he’s getting ready to tell me something transformative, to continue transforming me into his image, more like him.

That morning it was servanthood.  He has called me his servant, and this is one more tool he wanted me to have. He showed me five servants and asked me what they had in common.  Then he asked what each one was known for. The whole lesson took 30 minutes to write, but will serve me for a lifetime in my transformation into his image.

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Living as a Sacrifice to God

Living Sacrifice“A living sacrifice to God” (Romans 12:1).  It’s a familiar term, one that’s always in the back of my mind as my position and purpose in God.  Then, I unexpectedly learned a deeper understanding of what that actually means and how I can really live it out.

The idea of sacrifice to us today refers to giving something up.  But the audience of Paul’s day at the time it was written would have understood it to refer to the temple sacrifices — animals, birds, oil, grains — which were a major part of their life and had been in their history for nearly 1,500 years.

One of the offerings required was a “whole burnt offering” — the Hebrew word “olah” (referred to repeatedly in Lev. 1-6).  This offering was used to symbolize that the worshipper had offered himself in service and obedience to God.  But what I didn’t know was that the word “olah” was also used to describe bondservants.  (more…)