I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
We as believers are sacrifices given to God for His special purposes to fulfill that which He desires as our heavenly Father. Our lives are placed on the altar of sacrifice, no longer ours to lead but for His pleasure to do with us what He will.
Not everyone who comes to God gives up their lives, instead desiring to be their own god to do whatever they want without the restraint of the Holy Spirit's lead! These are not disciples, because a disciple gives up all to follow Jesus in complete obedience and devotion. The "Rich Young Ruler" came to Jesus asking what he must do to inherit eternal life and Jesus, in essence told him to give up all and follow Him! The boy wasn't able and left grieved in spirit and lost his way into the kingdom.
There will be literally millions of people who have professed their faith in Christ, joined the local church, lived morally acceptable lives, but never surrendered to become a living sacrifice, instead heaping up wealth and prominence, only to lose their souls! The time of our departure is near and Jesus is coming back for His living sacrifices, are you ready?
"Gather My saints together to Me. Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice." Psalm 50:5
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin