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Devotional - week of January 6, 2002


OUR REASONABLE SERVICE

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.  Romans 12:1

Presenting our bodies as living sacrifices to God is our “reasonable service” as believers. In the Old Testament, living sacrifices were almost always killed and then consumed—either by fire or as food. We give our bodies to God to be “consumed” by Him. Our bodies remain alive, but are fully at God’s disposal.

Giving our bodies to God is reasonable because “the mercies of God” have made it possible. Romans 6:6 says:

… knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 

The phrase “that the body of sin might be done away with” can be translated “that the body might be delivered from sin.”  Experiencing our crucifixion releases our bodies from the control of our sin nature that we might present them to God.

Paul’s appeal to give our bodies to God as living sacrifices is reasonable because of the results. As the following passage indicates, presenting our bodies as living sacrifices to God results in righteousness whereas presenting them to our sin nature results in unrighteousness.

And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  Romans 6:13

Presenting our bodies to the control of God is reasonable because it is an act “acceptable to God.”

To present our bodies to God as living sacrifices is reasonable because it is a step toward a renewed mind and transformed life.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind … Romans 12:2