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 (reasonable service). Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. (Rom 12:1-8)
What does Paul mean to present our bodies as a living sacrifice?
- Paul sacrificed creature comforts and personal accomplishments.
- The poor widow gave all that she had to live on.
- Abraham gave up living at home and was willing to give his son.
- Jesus gave up heaven to live on earth and gave his righteous life for the unrighteous like me.
These are great examples, but how can I be a living sacrifice?
- Live Holy. To be holy is to be set apart for God’s service. A holy life is acceptable to God. A life separate from and not conforming to the world is our reasonable service. Are lives are continued process of transformation as we become more and more Christ-like.
- Think Humbly. Do not think more highly of yourselves that we should. Remember that we are all part of one body and we serve each other.
- Work Diligently. Use your talents to serve each other on a regular basis. Look for opportunities to serve. Do not wait to be ask. Work diligently.