Romans 12 has been on my heart for a couple of months now, specifically verse 1. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. I had the chance to share a message on this particular verse while we have been in India.
Do you come to Church to get something from God? Please do not misunderstand me. Church is a place of refuge, replenishment for our souls, a place of worshiping our Father in heaven. But are you just taking? Are you giving back, or serving in some capacity? I want you to think deeply about what I am asking. Do you come to God always trying to get something? And has it been a fruitful experience or are you frustrated with empty results?
I think this is what every Christian should ask themselves. Let’s look at the text again. In verse 1 you are to present your bodies as a living sacrifice. The proper thing to do is to give all we have! This includes the body. When we say body it is not just our physical body it includes also the mind, soul and will.
The body, mind, soul, and will encompasses not just the body itself but thoughts, emotions, behaviors. So a living sacrifice is all that we do. No longer are we to look through the lens of the world but through Jesus Christ our perfect living sacrifice.
Until we do this we will not be a living sacrifice. But if and when we do this it will be an offering of spiritual worship! In John chapter 4:23 Jesus says “But the Hour is coming, and is now here when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
So what does it mean to be a living sacrifice, simply put – it’s putting to death in Christ our flesh, or placing it under submission to the Holy Spirit. Devoting our humanness and living in the Spirit which is our spiritual worship. We are to offer our whole life, in acts of adoration and praise continually.