Disclaimer: This post will not be liked by everyone. The subject matter may be a little strong. You have my warning, not my apology, before reading.
I have a confession to make. I love The Walking Dead. My man and I rarely agree on television shows, so The Walking Dead has kind of become our thing. Each season we watch our favorite characters survive or meet a horrific fate during a zombie apocalypse. These poor souls are infected by a zombie virus and have become vehicles of this awful affliction.
The virus has completely ruined them. They are completely driven by their sickness. Week after week my fiance and I watch the whole thing go down. We cheer or we whine about what happened in an episode. We are involved.
If I get honest, I can relate to these zombies. I’m driven by what has me chained. Some days that is greed or gluttony. Sometimes it is a need to escape my responsibilities. Other days I’m driven by my love for others, but most often I am controlled by my own selfish desires.
I’m harsh and I’m brash and I’m unwilling to compromise. I’m self-centered and tired and unwilling to give. It all goes to the exact nature of the issue. I’m sick with sin. I’m a vehicle for sinful behaviors, thinking, and desires.
There’s a cure for this zombie. That antidote is scripture and truth and, above all else, the love of my Heavenly Father. I want to be infected by God. Let me clarify, I want to be infected instead of affected by God. This isn’t a new concept. I’ve heard this preached many times, but for the first time I actually want it.
I want God to infect me and completely annihilate all of my plans. I want God to be so in the driver seat that I affect others. I want God to knock down every selfish castle I have ever built. I want Him to destroy who I was before. I want my Higher Power to floor me like a wrecking ball. I want to be unrecognizable. I want to be His.
By being His, I honestly will belong more to myself. It all comes full circle, you see. In order to be our most authentic selves, we must surrender to who our creator has called us to be, the whole reason He made us. My guess is this current version of me isn’t exactly what He had in mind.
1 Corinthians 3:23
and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.
I know this is a very uncomfortable thing to consider. I am sure it is a little funny to relate my faith to The Walking Dead, but sometimes that is how I feel. I dont always feel moved at communion. I don’t always feel led when I read scripture. I cannot even honestly tell you that I do not mentally re-write my grocery list during church. I am just not always “on” as a Christian. Sometimes I am a self-centered, preoccupied, sin zombie.
How often is the phrase living sacrifice used in scripture? What does it mean?
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Being a living sacrifice means not being conformed to this world. That means not just nodding your head and standing in line when you are being called to a greater purpose. It means doing what is right, not what is socially acceptable. It means giving it ALL to God. It also means making some people very uneasy.
We all have our own ways of being a living sacrifice. We all have different gifts or audiences. We all have various methods and character traits. These things are specific to us, but can be used by God. What will you give to Him? What will you let Him use? How will you be a living sacrifice? Would you allow Him to infect you? It’s something worth thinking about, or if you’re brave enough, praying about.