Romans 12:1 “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.”
Presenting our bodies to God is a service that is within reason. If something is within reason, it’s not extreme or impossible to do. If a pair of heels are a reasonable price it doesn’t take a lot of debating and questioning about whether or not you are going to buy them. As ladies of style…many of us will already have an outfit in mind that will be a perfect match. So why is it hard for some of us to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice….holy….acceptable. Well, what is a sacrifice? What does it mean to be holy? What is acceptable?
Making a sacrifice is an act of giving up something precious. One definition says a sacrifice means to surrender something for the sake of something else. When we give our bodies to God, He has many blessings that He will bestow on us. We just have to be obedient.In presenting our bodies to God, we sacrifice actions that aren’t pleasing to God, but are precious to the world. When we begin to see our bodies as something precious, we will watch how we and everyone else treats our bodies. Our eating habits change, our exercise either begins or increases, we watch what we wear, we don’t take our bodies everywhere, and everybody cannot see or touch our bodies.
I Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Our bodies belong to God, but He wants us to present them to Him. Our salvation has been purchased with the precious blood of Christ….a price that we cannot repay….therefore presenting our bodies to God is….guess what…reasonable.
Presenting our bodies in a holy way is pleasing to God. A holy woman will endeavor to shun every known sin, and to keep every known commandment. She will have a decided bent of mind toward God, a hearty desire to do His will-a greater fear of displeasing Him than of displeasing the world, and a love for all His ways. A holy woman will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ. She will not only live the life of faith in Him, and draw from Him all her daily peace and strength, but she will also labor to have the mind that was in Him, and to be “conformed to His image.”
Acceptable….when something is acceptable, it is adequate to satisfy a need. What is this need? There are so many people in the world who need to know Jesus. God desires to use us to bring people to Christ….to be a positive example in the church….to serve the church….to fulfill our roles in the home….etc. In doing this we will be pleasing to our Lord. We are called with a holy calling…to service. We must be dedicated and devoted to serving Him. As women of God there is always something for us to do in the church. In the body of Christ everyone is not the head nor is every one the foot. There are some fingers, ears, eyes, etc. among us. I encourage each of you to seek God to find out what your role is in the Kingdom. Whatever our role is, we must be dedicated to it and do it.
We must view ourselves as precious to God and realize that we are valuable. We were all created in the image of God and are beautiful. Take another look in the mirror…what do you see? Not what do you want to change….but what do you see? When looking in the mirror you are looking at a someone beautiful, strong, special, and intelligent. Don’t see her? Look again. You are exactly who God desires as a sacrifice. Doing this may seem hard, but the bible says that it’s reasonable.
Change your perspective and change your life.