I recently returned from the beautiful country of Thailand, or as it is affectionately known: “The Land of Smiles.” I’ve learned in life, however, that what you see on the surface is rarely a good indicator of what lies beneath. Thailand may be deemed a land of smiles, but come with us one time – join GI on one of our mission trips there where we reach out to people on the streets. The streets that are the epicenter for one of the most demonically sexualized places on the planet. Places where the exploitation of women and children is beyond belief. Human trafficking operates virtually without restraint. She-males are prevalent (mixed genders). The village areas are saturated with Buddhism. Idols and temples are visible and accessible without end. Homes, businesses, corporate buildings and farm fields are littered with false gods (idols), and it is impossible to travel very far without seeing large areas dedicated to Buddhism with temple structures.
If you look closely at the temples, the idols, and the altars, you will see several items around them: food, drinks, produce of various kinds. These are sacrifices. But they are dead. Some religions, like Hinduism, require animal sacrifices. Again, these are dead. But in Romans 12, Paul writes, “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.” As believers, we are to be living sacrifices. Jesus has paid the price for us, so we are to serve God for the rest of our lives living for Him. Our body is a temple. Our lives are sacrifices. The world will only be reached for Jesus when we use everything God has given us to reach the lost.
Jonathan Haward, President & Founder