Christianity is not a spectator sport. Christianity is not passive. A Christian attitude is not one of consumerism. True Christians do not attend church with the expectation that we are to be served. Instead, we attend with an attitude of genuine worship. Christians are called to serve--to minister--to one another and to the world.
What does it mean to be a living sacrifice (Romans 12, 1 Peter 2)? It can mean a lot of things. It can mean writing an article that may not be accepted for publication. It can mean sharing your heart with someone when you're not sure whether it will be treated with sensitivity. It can mean starting a blog that no one may read. It can mean organizing an event for families that has no guarantee of being popular. It can mean leading a small group that has the possibility of fizzling out. It can mean reaching out with a hug when you don't know whether it will be received with acceptance. Being a living sacrifice requires action on our part.
Are you deeply convicted about the importance of the family in the spiritual training of children? Are you passionate about the Biblical model of family discipleship? Being a living sacrifice does not involve sitting around and thinking about doing a work. It does not involve silently feeling supportive of the ministry you see someone else doing. If God has given you a passion for families, it means that He is probably expecting you to do something with that passion.
The Bible tells us that when seeds are scattered, there is no guarantee that those seeds will take root and flourish (Matthew 25, Mark 4, Luke 8). Being a living sacrifice means surrendering to God. It means sticking your neck out It means shattering your comfort zone. It means serving instead of being served. It means laying your ego on the line. It means taking the risk of being deeply humbled in order to be a servant of the Living God.