Moving Mountains
 
Romans 12:1-2, "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 worship.  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 the longest time I've always wondered when I read this, "What the heck does it mean to present our bodies as a living sacrifice?"  First of all, Paul is being symbolic, not literal.  He's not saying to sacrifice our bodies in a ceremonial way like how it was done in Old Testament Israel.  That's absurd.  The key word is the verb present.  The Greek word used for this is παρίστημι (par-IS-tay-me).  It is used for sacrificial terminology as an offering — to "place beside."  So, by this we are saying, "Take me, Father.  Change me.  Work sanctification in me.  Crucify my flesh and make me anew."  Our old self is crucified in Christ (Romans 6:6).  Continuing in verse 2, God changes and transforms us by testing, enabling us to discern His will.  In His timing and manifold methods, we become something completely new (2 Corinthians 5:17).  And He works sanctification in us by baptism through the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2).

Give your whole self to God, not pieces of it.  God isn't interested in people who only go halfway.  Offering your whole life to God is a sacrifice (sacrificing the instant, tempting pleasures of the world) and therefore an act of worship.  As you spend time with God, His thoughts transform your thoughts and your mind is made anew.  It seeks the same things God seeks.
 


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03/24/2016 9:32am

I was moved by the message of this post. Yes, it is the right thing to do for God to know that we highly value and give importance to what He did and what He always does for us. Yes, may the cross of ashes remind us to stay faithful, to repent of our sins, and to glorify God in all that we do. This is a way to appreciate all the things that God does for all of us, to thank Him with all our hearts.

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05/07/2016 5:49pm

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