I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2
This passage has so much teaching for us to unpack that deserves our careful lingering. Our faith in Christ is substance and is evidence; Hebrews 11:1. Through the above passage, we see how we are to present ourselves through this faith. According to this passage, it is up to us to present holy and acceptable lives to God.
Before Jesus, the Tabernacle was the portable meeting place of God, and according to Gods intimate detail, was assembled. Priests had a very fearful job maintaining the practice of ceremony and sacrifice with the utmost of care and attention for the Holiness of God dwelt among them.
Our bodies are now the Tabernacle, where the Lord dwells, and so we too must maintain this place of His dwelling with the highest regard and in fear!
The Blood of Christ has set us apart and deemed us holy unto God – and it is for us to live accordingly.
It is no longer about us, our lives, what we like or do not like. It is about the Lord and being about His business.
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Cor 6:20.
We must shift from being me-centric to God-centric and will be proved by how we live. As living sacrifices, we invariably are transformed into His image and likeness, for who/what we worship, we will become in resemblance and form; Romans 6:16.
Our minds are washed of its former filth as we allow the Word of God to renew them and walk out what it instructs in our lives and experience. For us, the Word is alive and cuts us to reveal our hearts and intent. It shows us that we must seek God with our entire heart, will and mind; there is no middle ground, no settling. Not the old unregenerate heart, but the one that has replaced our old and is of His Spirit; Ez 36:26.
For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Heb 4:12-13
Just like the priests of old, they could not do it their way; they had to follow the Lord and His strict instructions. How much more are we to carry out our service for we handle the very blood of God’s own Son!
See Also: Foolish Faith