”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.
Apostle Paul states that we are to present our body as a “living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God.” As inspired and yet in context, the words “living,” “holy,” and “acceptable” all follow the noun “sacrifice.” If you will agree, we need to note these as three most identified qualities of our sacrifice towards God and benefit to Humanity:
(1) Living: In the Old Testament believers were called to “make” a sacrifice from a dead sacrifice; while we the New Testament believers are called to “be” a sacrifice from a living sacrifice. Notwithstanding, the point is “God wants you to live to die, and die to live.” I hope you knew that Most believers could take a bullet for Christ in a moment of courage, but every believer struggles to die to self and live for Christ on a daily basis.
(2) Holy: We are to be wholly dedicated, “set apart” from the world and belonging to God. The term speaks of being fully abandoned to God. This means that as individual Christians, as a group and as a corporate church, we must do all that we can to ensure that “holiness” is promoted.That is why we must exercise church discipline. That is why we must speak the truth in love. That is why we must live rightly, against which there is no law. That is why we must disciple new believers upon the faith, hope and love. We are commanded to love God extremely and neighbours appreciably as active Christians, with which we are expected to attain the tagged unattainable i.e. being holy as God is holy.
(3) Acceptable: The term “acceptable” builds on the Old and New Testament concept of the sacrifice as “not pleasing to God” if offered wrongly or better “pleasing to God” if offered rightly. It is true, with reference to yesterday message, that when you present your body as a sacrifice that is +living and +holy, be rest assured that God is +pleased. Shalom!