Romans 12:1-2 (NLT) – And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
“For Paul, having ones’ mind renewed and offering God one’s body are all part of the same complete event. Here Paul uses a vivid, indeed shocking, idea: one’s whole self must be laid on the altar like a sacrifice in the Temple. The big difference is that, whereas the sacrifice is there to be killed, the Christian’s self-offering is actually all about coming alive with the new life that bursts out in unexpected ways once the evil deeds of the self are put to death. Christian living never begins with a set of rules, though it contains them as it goes forward. It begins in the glad self-offering of one’s whole self to the God whose mercy has come all the way to meet us in our rebellion, sin and death.” [N.T. Wright’s Paul for Everyone, Romans Part Two, p. 69-70]
Let’s follow the teaching of our Lord in Romans 12:1-2 today. Let’s also pray for the children, youth, and campus ministries of our churches, that each one will experience this glad self-offering way of life. Let’s worship and sing with the song, “More to Come” (click here) by Passion.