LIVING SACRIFICES

  A good example of a living sacrifice is Eric Henry Liddell, who was portrayed in the 1981 film, “Chariots of Fire.”  His true athletic talent was running. He participated in the 1924 Olympic Games held in Paris. He was favored to win the celebrated 100-meter sprint.  However, months ahead of the games, Liddell discovered that his qualifying heat would be held on a Sunday. Rather than violate his Christian commitment of keeping the Lord’s Day as a day of worship, the sprinter took himself out of the competition.  He trained rather for the 400-meter race. Others tried to convince Liddell to make an exception to his principles, but he was determined to honor and obey the Lord.
While Liddel readied himself at the starting blocks for the 400-meter run, a trainer from the favored American team slipped him a note on which was scribbled a line from a Bible verse: “I will honor those who honor me.”  I Samuel 2:30  Inspired by the verse Liddell not only went on to win the race but also to set a new Olympic record.  He had an unorthodox running style which was with his head back and his mouth wide open. At an athletic championship in Glasgow, Liddell was losing badly.  A visitor remarked that he would be hard put to win the race. A Glaswegian merely replied, “His head’s no’ back yet.”  Liddell then threw his head back and with mouth wide open caught and passed his opponents to win the race. 

  After the Olympics, Eric Liddell began his life’s work as a missionary to China, serving in North China from 1925 until his death in 1945. When the Japanese invaded China, Liddell sent his wife and their three daughters to safety.  He elected to stay.  He was imprisoned in 1943 where he developed a brain tumor and died shortly after his 43rd birthday in January 1945.

  Eric Liddell chose to live a dangerous, materially unrewarding life in China, serving his God, when fame and riches were within his grasp.  His greatness of heart and unwavering conviction are an inspiration to people of faith everywhere.

  In Romans chapter 12 verses 1 and 2, Paul called on Christians to be transformed in their thinking and to strive to please God by living as sacrifices.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”   NIV

          Live sacrifically for Christ, who was your sacrifice.

5 Responses to “LIVING SACRIFICES”

  1. Never heard this story before, copied it to my sports file.
    Continue your good work.

  2. It is always refreshing to hear of someone who puts Christ first in their life. There may be more people than we know that make it a commitment. It is the more known people who get published.Yet the reason for putting Christ first is not the reason to become known. The choice is usually made by someone who loves Christ so much for what HE has done that they honor HIM in such a great way. “Be still and know that I am GOD” helps to make the decision. Make Romans 12:1,2 the goal for living a Christ-like life. What a great life Eric Liddell lived. What about you?

  3. Bro. Max,
    What an interesting and challenging story of total commitment to Christ!. Will use it in my Bible class.
    God used Romans 12:1,2 & I Corinthians 6:19,20 to help me come to grips with what He indeed wanted from me. He didn’t want my religious activities, and the highest priority to keep some set of rules. God wanted me and my life, and He wanted to reign in my heart as He reigns in the universe – so that I could enjoy an intimate, joyful relationship. I surrendered my life to the Lord. That was 67 years ago, and I’m still on this journey of becoming more like Christ, and living out my faith every day!

  4. Max, this was a wonderful story about Eric Liddell. I had heard some parts of it before, but not the whole story. What an amazing commitment he had. I also enjoyed your words about “Black Friday”. It has turned into such a day of frenzy and materialism. Indeed, the real Black Friday was when Christ was crucified and we all need reminders of that. Thanks for your informative and encouraging words.

  5. What a wonderful man , Thank you for sending this . Its very inspiring,I always look forward to the devotions Max.God Bless you and Joann ,In His Love

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