I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (Rom. 12:1 KJV).
The Apostle Paul gives us a solemn exhortation to present our bodies as a living sacrifice unto God. He adds the words “which is your reasonable service”, meaning it is reasonable, logical, and intelligent to do so!
What does it mean to present our bodies to the Lord? Do you remember the burnt offerings of the Old Testament? Animals were killed, and their bodies burnt on the altar of burnt offerings, as a sacrifice well-pleasing to God. Jesus was the ultimate burnt offering (Eph 5:2).
The sacrifices of the Old Testament were offered dead on the altar. The Lord wants our bodies to be presented to Him alive, holy, and acceptable. He wants your life on earth, to be a walking, talking, living sacrifice, that is well-pleasing to Him. The symbolism of the Old Testament burnt offerings were fulfilled in Christ.
Presenting your body as a living sacrifice to God goes beyond simply resisting sin. Our very lives should be lived as a holy sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. An excellent example of a lively sacrifice, is living a life of praise. When you praise God with your mouth, your body and life are offering a living sacrifice, more pleasing to God than all the bulls and sheep of the Old Testament.
Think through the three qualities of the sacrifice listed in Rom. 12:1 above. Declare that “My daily life is a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, through Christ”.
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When you understand that you are a living sacrifice, then you must be conscious, and responsible for your thoughts, words, actions, and for how you treat your body.
Use your body right now to give God praise, a sweet sacrifice offered with your lips (Hos. 14:2).
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