Romans 12:1 exhorts all Christians to walk with Jesus Christ, who has separated them from the world by showing them the way to live. Paul begged his Christian brothers and sisters to understand what Jesus had done so that they could offer their bodies to God as suitable sacrifices.
Paul had been a persecutor of Christians before encountering Jesus. After meeting Jesus, he realized that he is the one living God who has defeated death through his resurrection and that everyone must believe in him to receive eternal life.
Paul was a Pharisee from the Benjamin tribe when it came to the law. He had to go through a lot for the sake of Christ. However, he knew that everything he had lost in this life will be made up for in Christ through the resurrection.
He also claimed that everything else in the world pales in contrast to Jesus’ righteousness. He knew that obtaining Jesus would make him a wealthy man in this world. He left everything and went out to preach the gospel so that the world could experience true life, which can only be found in Jesus alone.
Present Your Body As A Living Sacrifice
Paul tells us to present our bodies as living sacrifices to the Lord. In the Old Testament, Jews used to sacrifice animals to the Lord in order to get forgiveness and blessings. During the grace period, however, those sacrifices are worthless in the eyes of the Lord.
In order to have a relationship with God, believers must come to Him with a penitent heart. Every activity they take should reflect God’s glory. Jesus also says that his disciples will be lights in the world and that by looking at them, people would recognize him.
Idolatry, sorcery, anger, quarrels, jealousies, rage outbursts, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, jealousy, murders, and intoxication are instances of fleshly works (Galatians 5:20-21). God’s children should shun such behavior and strive to live a life that pleases Him.
However, believers are distinguished from these efforts by Jesus’ wisdom. Being set free from sin and empowered to walk in the Lord’s righteousness entails believing and embracing Jesus.
Christians can carry out God’s will by giving up sinful activity. Though stopping everything at once is difficult, with God’s help, it is achievable. By abstaining from such wicked activities, Christians can present their bodies to God as living sacrifices.
Present Your Bodies Holy To The Lord
In his sermon, Paul cautions his audience to live holy lives, as the Lord does. The Lord expects his children to live holy and sin-free lives. God’s children should be distinguished from the world’s children.
In the Old Testament, the Israelites were God’s chosen people because they were separated from the other nations by the laws. Jesus paid his disciples with his precious blood during this grace period so that they could live a holy life and be saved.
Because Jesus is aware of our imperfections, the Bible instructs us to live according to his teachings. Jesus also reminds his disciples that because he is holy, they should learn from him.
God’s children must recognize that they are distinct individuals in God’s eyes. They should avoid doing anything that is considered unholy. We will all die once, according to the Bible, and then stand before the Lord for judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
In this world, nothing save the presence of the Lord can satisfy us. We can only enjoy our life in this world if we obey the Lord and live according to his wishes. To receive the touch of the Almighty God, we must present ourselves holy before the Lord.
Present Your Bodies Acceptable To God
Our bodies are given to us by our parents, and our souls are given to us by the Lord. After death, our bodies degrade into dust, but our souls ascend to the skies. We have no control over our spirits or bodies.
Those who do not know Jesus believe that they possess their bodies, but we are worthless. Everything belongs to the Lord, and we have a conscience that allows us to choose what to do and what not to do.
Because we shall be held accountable to God after we die, the Bible advises us to be careful with our physical bodies. We must do things that bring glory to God and honor to him. We must not commit any sins that will condemn us to the lake of fire.
Paul advised his listeners to avoid doing anything that would bring God’s reputation into disrepute. The world can see Jesus via the lives and activities of his disciples. Everyone will be repaid at the judgment, thus it is vital to please God by presenting his body as acceptable to the Lord.
Which Is Your Reasonable Service
We must return to the Lord because he has made such a great sacrifice for us, according to Paul. Because Jesus is God, he suffered for us by submitting himself to sinful men’s hands in order to save us.
We are all sinners, no one can claim to be righteous, and we all fall short of God’s glory, according to the Bible (Romans 3:23). No amount of good deeds will bring us into heaven. Our sins must be washed away by the spotless blood of Jesus. Because the Bible says that the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23).
To provide us with eternal life Jesus came down to earth by shedding his blood on the cross. He gave his life for the benefit of us. So that his blood may cleanse us. He died on the cross to bear our sins and make us righteous in God’s eyes. Christ, in reality, died in our midst.
His self-sacrifice, which provides us with grace, must not be overlooked. According to the Bible, we are saved by his grace (Ephesians 2:5). Jesus has done everything he can to save us from God’s wrath; now it’s up to us to live lives that will help us please God.