Romans 12: 1, A Living Sacrifice
Romans 12:1 is the transition from the section on the Plan of God in Romans 9-11, to the section on the Will of God in Romans 12-16. This is the practical section.
VV 1, “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’’.
Paul used the imagery of the Jewish temple sacrifice. In Judaism, the sacrifice is an animal, slaughtered and burnt on an altar in front of a priest in the temple for the forgiveness of sin.
Beseech you means to plead, urge, implore, or beg. Paul begged us. Therefore, is a transition word, which connects Romans 12:1 back to Romans 1:1- 11:36, where Paul spoke about the mercies of God. Brethren means brothers and sisters. Paul begged the Christians. Mercies of God refers to all that God had done for the Christians, including, salvation, justification, access to God, the hope of heaven, sanctification. adoption, etc.
Paul begged Christians on the basis of what God had done for them through salvation, justification, sanctification, and adoption, to present their bodies daily to Him as a living sacrifice. We sacrifice our bodies by dethroning self, dying to self, and enthroning Jesus. A living sacrifice is a lifestyle sacrifice to God on a daily basis. We must worship God with our lives daily in response to God’s acts of mercy and grace.
Surrendering our bodies to God is our spiritual act of worship or temple service. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 6: 19, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?’
we must use our body as God’s base of operation. If we surrender our body to God and He will do great things in us, through us, and for us. God can use every part of our body to do His work. He gives us spiritual gifts, divine talents, and enablement to serve Him. Surrendering to God every day and offering our body as a living sacrifice is Holy and the most acceptable, reasonable, rational, and spiritual thing to do.
Our body should be used to serve God and not satan. 1 Cor 6: 15-17, Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
Heavenly Father, thank you for Your grace and mercy in saving, justifying, and sanctifying us. In response, we surrender our lives and offer our bodies to You as living sacrifices, which is our spiritual act of worship, in Jesus’ name, Amen.