‘’ 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.” (Rom. 12:1 NKJV)
Coming to church is not all about what you can get but more about what you can give. God has given us His all (His Son), and we have been commanded likewise to give ourselves (Rom. 12:1). This is the true way to worship God. This is what genuine worship is all about. God is Spirit, and wants to be worshipped in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
We must make ourselves available for God to use. Any offering to God by us without our offering ourselves first to Him as a living sacrifice, is not acceptable to Him (2 Cor. 8:5). The word of God stands forever (Isa. 40:8). Jesus the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8).
When we present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, then our love will be without hypocrisy. It will be sincere. We will have no business pretending to be who we are not. We will hate what is evil and cling to what is good (Rom. 12:9). We would also have a zeal for God according to the knowledge of His word, avoiding religion (Rom. 10:2).
We will always be looking for every opportunity to be a blessing to others. As a living sacrifice, God wants to use our lives and our members as instruments of righteousness. We must let our light so shine wherever we find ourselves, that others may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven (Matt. 5:16). When our bodies are presented as living sacrifices, we are now enabled to make the choice to turn away from evil and do good (1Peter 3:11).
We are also able to refrain our tongues from evil and our lips from speaking deceit (1 Peter 3:10). We speak life to situations whenever we open our mouth to speak. God only responds to His word. With our tongue, we can create our own world.
We do not avenge ourselves, vengeance is the Lord (Rom. 12:19), neither must we join those who curse (Matt. 5:43-44), but instead bless (Rom. 12:14). For God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (1 Cor. 1:27). We trust in the Lord, for God will mavellously help us to become strong (2 Chr. 26:15).