Our Reasonable Service

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

In this verse, Paul tells us that we should dedicate ourselves, our lives and our bodies to serving the Lord.  We should present ourselves as a “living sacrifice” to God.  Our whole lives should be surrendered to what He wants and not what we want.  As Christians, our lives should be all about Him, not all about ourselves.  He ends the verse with this: “…which is your reasonable service.”

Giving our entire lives to Lord seems like a huge thing.  Becoming a living sacrifice to Him seems to be a monumental task.  But Paul says that it is simply “our reasonable service.”

I heard a story many years ago dealing with this verse that has stayed with me through the years.  A pastor in one of the former Soviet countries had three daughters.  He was told to stop preaching, and, when he didn’t, the government cut out the tongues of his three daughters.  Years later, an American was visiting a church in that country and noticed 3 young women sitting on the front row, smiling and communicating with sign language.  They seemed to have the sweetest spirits about them, and the American asked the pastor about them.  The pastor told him the story about their father and the American was fascinated.  He asked the girls how they were able to go through that without becoming bitter.  Their simple response was: “it was our reasonable service.”

How often do we want to stop serving the Lord when we run into any minor hardship?  Someone is unkind to us and we are ready to stop serving Him.  Someone makes fun of us and we are ready to stop.  Living our lives for Him and giving our lives to Him might seem like a huge thing, but we need to remember that it really is our reasonable service.

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