October 22, 2022
Romans 12:1 - Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
I don’t think there is any doubt that Paul was a person of authority in God’s church. He was looked up to by many. He implies in Galatians that he was personally trained by Jesus during his 3 years of training either directly, or through the study of the Word. He pretty much had God’s stamp of approval over most things.
Have you heard the old Hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross? It ends with, “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”
That is what Paul is telling us here. He is saying that God wants us to bring our bodies to Him and make them available to Him. When I think of God wanting my body, I can’t help but think, Oh God, you don’t want this broken down body! My back is bad, my hips hurt, and I’m definitely out of shape!
But God is saying, “Bring me your body. I already know all about those problems and more. I know more than you do about it!” But because of Jesus’ blood, and by the work of the Holy Spirit, He has made my body holy and pleasing to Him.
God isn’t telling us to put on our best clothes and make sure we’ll all showered and smelling good! He’s telling us to come as we are, with all the problems and difficulties we have with our bodies, and all the temptations and sins… and bring them to Him. He’s telling us that HE is the answer to our problems. So we have to start with Him. He knows we can’t handle all that stuff on our own! We NEED Him. We just need to bring our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice. He will find them holy and pleasing. And that will be our true and proper worship to Him.
True worship is putting our whole self into the arms of God, and letting Him take over.