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
One of the best examples I’ve ever seen of a living sacrifice is an African man named Amos. After hearing the gospel he responded like the man who found treasure hidden in a field (Matthew 13:44)—in great joy he gave his whole life to God. Now I don’t want to paint a picture of his life that’s unrealistic and unhelpful—it wasn’t always rosy. In his youthful zeal his family thought he was crazy and he cut ties with them for a season. Desiring to grow in his new relationship with Christ, he came to my city to be discipled. When asked why he came, he responded, “I could’ve stayed and made lots of money and been with my friends. But I knew God was worth it.” Not long afterward he was falsely accused of a crime and thrown in jail, guilty until proven innocent. But he didn’t mope while waiting months for justice. Instead, he led many prisoners to faith in Christ. As he grew God gave him a deep conviction for seeing churches being planted all across his people, and he was actively leading that vision forward. Yet for years he suffered from terrible health that seemed to only get worse. And this past Thursday, only a few days after finding out he had a brain tumor, he died trying to recover from surgery. He was thirty-three years old. Since I couldn’t speak with him in person, I looked to our final interaction on social media. There I also noticed his last few statuses leading up to the surgery. They’re worth sharing:
My Lord Jesus Christ he ls above the ulcer and brain tumor!!!
Tomorrow is the surgery day! I will see God’s glory day by day in my life. Praise the Lord!!!
YES God will have Glory in this time, God will show his face to my family and friends and for many of [my people] and I know “Jesus” will be with me in this Time! praise the name, amen!!!
It is not about my weaknesses, it is not about my sin! it is all about his mercy and his name!!!
And the last one before he went under the knife:
“Salvation is found is no else, for there is no other other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved,” Acts 4:12
Thanks to my brother and friend I have been given a rare glimpse not only into the life of a living sacrifice, but also the death. In both, he went not bound and wriggling, but gladly offering his life back to God. And since Thursday I can almost hear him saying to me, “My brother, he is worth it!”
Thanks be to God.