” I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service…For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” Romans 12:1; 14:7-8.
In response to God’s mercies, Paul challenges us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. But in this exhortation, please note that Paul does not say “yield” or “surrender” your bodies but “present” them. We all knew that Yield and surrender are more or less biblical terms, yet they imply a measure of reluctance or hesitancy in nature. Present, on the other hand, implies a glad, happy, willing offering of oneself.
Assuming I am married, If I happen to yield or surrender a gift to my wife, she will not be impressed by my efforts, but she would be greatly impressed if such gift is “presented” willingly, not forcefully taken from me, nor collected from me by right. Now, The presentation of our bodies to God as a sacrifice for His use, just like my presentation of a gift to my wife, is to be a joyous and spontaneous act. Know ye that God is not asking you to just dedicate your gifts, abilities, money, time, ideas, creativity, or any such thing. He is asking you to sacrifice yourself, so it goes beyond just picking up the order/tasks, but readily diplomatic enough to carry out the order willingly/not grudgingly is the major-core service. Well, This is an appeal to those who have been set free by grace to live under grace by presenting all that they are to God, without a blink.
Moreover, Do not be deceived, who told you God will not “present Himself” to you too? Alas! Paul uses the same verb “present” in Collosians 1 with which you now know that one day you, myself and others will “present” ourselves individually before the judgment seat of Christ. If you faithfully “present” your body to God you will experience great reward at the Kingdom of God, even as you help others to “present themselves” holy and acceptable to God too. So help us God!