A Living Sacrifice

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.

Romans 12:1

The first several chapters of the book of Romans tell us what God has done for us.  They give us the plan and benefits of salvation and they tell us what the Saviour has done for us.  This verse tells us what we should do for the Lord.

We should “present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.”  He died for us and brought us salvation by grace through faith.  We should simply live for Him.

We should present our bodies as a living sacrifice.  But what does that mean?  Obviously we are not being told to actually sacrifice ourselves on an altar.  What we are being told to do is to simply give our lives to Him.  Whatever He wants us to do, that is what we should do.  Wherever He wants us to go, that is where we should go.  Our opinions no longer matter.  Our life should be about His desires, and not about our desires.

Presenting our bodies to Him as a “living sacrifice” means allowing Him to make the decisions about what we do with and in our bodies.  If we would truly live this way, we would sin far less, because He does not sin and He does not want us to sin.  If we have sacrificed our will to Him, we are going to do the things we wants and avoid the things He doesn’t want.

Too often, Christians want to control their own lives.  They want to live the way they want to live instead of presenting themselves as living sacrifices to God.  How are we doing today?  Have we presented our bodies as living sacrifices to God?  If we haven’t, today is a good day to start!

 

 

5 responses to this post.

  1. The truth is only God knows what is best for us. Even we get confused on that issue at times.

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  2. Thank you, Ben. This really was a good word for me today. God Bless you!

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