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Devotional - week of September 29, 2002


AVAILABLE BODIES

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God …  Romans 12:1

The word “sacrifice” conveys the idea of “being consumed.” The word “holy” conveys the idea of “being available.” One meaning of the word “present” is “to place at someone’s disposal.” 

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:23:

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sanctify” means to “set apart.” 

Each of the words mentioned above indicates God’s desire to have total access to the believer’s body.

In light of these words concerning the availability of our bodies to God, read Paul’s thoughts of hope about his body that he penned to the Philippians.

… [that] Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.  Philippians 1:20

As the heavens visibly reveal the glory of God, so can the bodies of Christians.

When others can see Christ in our lives, our bodies bring glory to God. When needy hearts hear our voices speak words of truth and love, our bodies bring glory to God.

As the glory of the heavens draws many to a spirit of worship of God, He uses the bodies of believers to do the same.

Paul’s encouragement to “present” our bodies to God in Romans 12:1 is a repeat of his command in Romans 6:13 to “present” our members to God to be used as instruments of righteousness.

The command in Romans 6:13 is the last of five commands for living by grace. It is as we live out our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection that we will make our bodies available to God.