How To Present Your Body A Living Sacrifice To God


“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.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 KJV
Paul begins this writing by lovingly pleading with us like parents would plead with their adult kids, to present our bodies a living sacrifice to God.
This has to do with our daily life. We are to present our bodies holy and acceptable to God.
The “present’ there has to do with seeing and agreeing that your body has been made holy and acceptable unto God, and then walking that way on earth.
That is, you are to see that your body is not some dirty, old, rejected and empty vessel. It is holy, acceptable unto God, filled with His Spirit and owned by Him.
Having known this, you are to walk on this earth as someone who is carrying God in his body.
As someone whose body is a holy temple to God, you are to let that holiness manifest in your relationships, conversations, appearance and daily activities.
You are to yield your body as an instrument of righteousness, not allowing your attitude or lifestyle to become a mockery of the Gospel you have believed and profess.
As lights in the world, you are to shine and let men in darkness find their way to God through you.
How can you do this effortlessly? Verse 2 of that Romans 12 gives us a clue. It says it is via the renewal of your mind.
The renewal of the mind there has to do with a constant meditation on the Word till it forms a thought pattern within you that is good, acceptable and perfect will of God.
This thought pattern forms a deep conviction within you that cannot be easily swayed.
This conviction determines how you act, respond to others and go about fulfilling God’s will on the earth.
So you want to present your body a living sacrifice to God? Start with renewing your mind first.
Say to yourself the things God in His Word has spoken concerning you.
“I have been made righteous through Christ so I live righteously.
“Grace has been given to me so I am gracious toward others.
“I am the Light of the world, darkness and evil is not permitted around me.
“I am dead to sin so it is no longer at work within me.
“I am an ambassador of Christ so I let my lifestyle reflect this. Glory to God!”
When you make a conscious effort to affirm the things the Word has said about the righteous nature you now have in Christ, you will see yourself living more righteous unconsciously than you would on purpose.
I hope this blesses you!
Glory to God!

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