Wednesday Word 3.27.2019

Romans 12:1-2 New International Version

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

The human body defines the physical existence of an individual. Your body is your very own personal territory. Why in this world would a person offer up their body as a living sacrifice? What compels a person to go all in with a religion that is based on a promise?

Sacrifice had been a way of life for thousands of years at the time Paul wrote this letter to the Romans. Sacrifice was the way people showed that they were following the laws and practices of their faith. Sacrifice was the way they expressed remorse for falling short. Sacrifice entailed the consumption of that which was being sacrificed, by immediate fire or to feed the priesthood. Our modern concept of sacrifice is usually tied to our time and our money. But I think God wants so much more from us. I think he wants all of us. What is the one thing that makes us different from the rest of creation? The free will he gave us. I think he wants us to offer it back to him. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Not my will, but his good, pleasing and perfect will. If we could learn to surrender to that perfect will, that would be true and proper worship.

Why would we do that? Paul says it, “…in view of God’s mercy…” That mercy is so big, so deep, we can’t even conceive it. The least we can do is acknowledge him, love him back, obey him. That promise of mercy is so magnificent and so undeserved, that’s the least we can do…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki