Romans 12:1 (KJV) 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.

The Holy Spirit makes an appeal through the fingers of Apostle Paul to believers here, instructing that considering all that God has done for them, presenting their bodies a living sacrifice is the reasonable service to render.

The concept of sacrifice in the scripture is such that when a sacrifice is offered to God, it becomes God’s to use exclusively as He deems fit. The one who offers the sacrifice must bring it willingly, kill it and then the priests divide it and use it in accordance with God’s directive. So you see, whatever is offered as sacrifice to the Lord becomes His to use as He wills.

Likewise, when we offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to Him, though we live, we now live to do His bidding. God’s will is revealed in God’s word by the help of the Holy Spirit. This means that the instructions of God’s word are no longer subject to your whims but we are rather subject to it. This is what is referred to as the reasonable service of a believer.

Apostle Paul echoed a similar thought in his epistle to the Corinthian church when he said “He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them” (See 2 Cor 5:15 NLT). Until one grasps this truth, he will consider this demand of a reasonable service to be an unreasonable requirement. He will consider his body to be his and to be used to please the Lord as he deems fitting, instead of seeing his body to be the Lord’s and to be used as He has deemed fit.

Go into today remembering that in the light of God’s redemptive work for you, offering your life as dedicated unto the Lord is your (only) reasonable response.
—Ikechukwu Mpama

Bible In One Year: I Corinthians 7-8

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