We’ve talked about it here for a couple of Wednesday Bible studies with the adults.  It’s going to be a topic of study for our student ministries for the next several Wednesday meetings.  I believe it’s a key component of our Christian walk, and it’s worth thinking about today.  “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” (Romans 12:1).  So much truth is packed into this short verse that it would be impossible to adequately deal with it in this space.  So, let’s just look at two words: “living sacrifice.”  It almost seems as if it’s a contradiction – “living” yet a “sacrifice.”  How is that possible?  Earlier in this letter, Paul said it this way.  “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” (Romans 6:11, 13).  Do you see it?  Dead to sin; alive to God.  John the Baptist expressed it by simply saying, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).  Understand?  I matter less; Christ matters more.  The Lord Jesus put it this way: “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).  Got it?  Deny self; follow Christ.  I don’t think I could put it better than these, but if I had to try, I would just say, “Be all in.”  I’m afraid we are often “in” but not “all in.”  We do what is convenient, what doesn’t conflict with our plans, what is comfortable.  But what we should look to do is God’s will (that’s the “living” part), regardless of the cost, inconvenience, or loss of comfort (that’s the “sacrifice” part).  Let’s all ask ourselves today, “Am I all in?”  “Do I truly and daily yield up myself as a living sacrifice?”  Better yet, let’s not ask ourselves; let’s ask God.  Then, listen for His answer.  Something to consider!