Christian Living

What does “Your Body – A Living Sacrifice” mean?

Every day is a new day; and no matter what comes our way, our actions should be those that glorify God and bring us closer to Him. It all starts with our bodies. When you wake up, it is you who directs your body to do whatever it does throughout the day, e.g. – where it walks to, what it watches, what it listens to, what it submits to, what you do with your body parts, what you let your mind think about, what words you let come off your tongue, what you eat and drink, and so on.

Our body (the flesh) has its own “self” desires; and the Spirit of God has His own desires, which are the will of God. They are in conflict with each other so that we don’t do whatever we want (Gal 5:17). Living by the lusts and desires of your flesh, and loving things of the world, means that the love of the Father (in Heaven) is not in you (1 John 2:15). It also means that the sinful passions which bear fruit to death are at work in you (Romans 7:5).

If you believe and have given your life to Jesus, your life has to change. It’s no longer about you (self), but God. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and don’t be conformed to things of this world (Romans 12:2), because things of the world and everything or everyone that belongs to it will perish with it. Live and walk by the Spirit.

If you say you abide, love, believe, and follow Jesus, you too ought to walk in the same manner as He walked (1 John 2:6). And Jesus tells us to abide in Him, because we can’t bear any fruit unless we’re in Him, and Him in us (John 15:4).

So as we live our daily lives, we are to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; and that it is our true and proper worship (Romans 12:1).

Why should we offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God?


  1. Because, just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15).
  2. Because you were dead in the trespasses and sins in the life you once walked, living in the passions of your flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and mind, and following the course of this world with the rest of mankind. But thanks to God’s mercy and love for us, He’s made us ALIVE together with Christ. It’s by His grace that we’ve been saved (Ephesians 2:1-22).
  3. Because it’s holy and pleasing to God (Romans 12:1). Imagine that. How many people do we try to please every day in our lives, on social media, at work, in the world, in relationships? Are you a people pleaser or a God pleaser? Really, think about it. Are you pleasing God or just another fellow person? What are you benefiting and sowing into your life from whoever and whatever you’re pleasing?
  4. Because you’ve been crucified with Christ. It’s no longer you who lives, but Christ who lives in you. He’s the “living” inside of you. Without Him we’re dead in flesh. And the life you now live in the flesh, you live by faith in the Son of God, who loves you and gave Himself for you (Galatians 2:20).
  5. Because, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone and the new is here (2 Cor 5:17). So your body now has the Spirit of God in you, which is living. You were once in darkness, but God loves you so much that He sent His Son Jesus to deliver you from that darkness and transfer you to His kingdom (Colossians 1:13-14). All that is from God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus (2 Cor 5:18). So with that, one leaves that old sinful life, and lives a new life walking in the Spirit.
  6. Because your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, and whom you have received from God. You’re not your own; you were bought at a price, when Jesus died on the cross, and shed his blood for your sins. Therefore honor God with your bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

What does it mean to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God?


It means that whatever we do with our bodies, it needs to glorify God. God doesn’t dwell in sin, there’s no sin in Him, and for us to be children of God, we need to live a righteous life. Do not be deceived and tempted by the lies and mediocre lives people are living. Do not conform to the pattern of this world. God’s word clearly tells us that whoever practices righteousness is righteous, and whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning (1 John 3:4-10). No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in them. And so with our bodies, we cannot use our bodies to satisfy our own desires or keep practicing sin. Whatever we do has to be in line with what God tells us. That’s why it’s important to live and walk by the Holy Spirit, who will guide us in all truth, in all we do.

In conclusion, be mindful of:

  1. What you’re watching and listening to:
    + Be careful of all those TV shows, movies, music, messages and stuff that you allow into your minds because not only do they steal your time and distract you from spending time with God, but seeds are also being planted in your minds and hearts.
  2. What you speak:
    + Be careful of what comes off your tongue. You’ll be judged for every word that comes off your tongue (Matthew 12:36).
    + The power of tongue, it can cause life and death just by what you speak over yourself, others and situations (Proverbs 18:21).
    + Stay away from gossiping about others and judging people because it’ll be done to you in the same measure plus you’re not perfect yourself so who are you to judge? (Matthew 7:1-6).
    + Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Ephesians 4:29).
  3. What you think about:
    + Renew your minds daily with the word of God. It’s very important so that we may prove what the good, acceptable and perfect will of God for our lives is (Romans 12:2).
    + Also, let your mind only meditate, think, and ponder on thoughts that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, things that are of good report, any of virtue and anything praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).
  4. Where you let your feet take you:
    + Be careful of going to places that will make you compromise your stand in Jesus, or that’ll cause you to sin.
    + Also be careful of the kinds of friends that you keep because they’re a big influence too.
  5. Where you let your feet take you:
    + Be careful of going to places that will make you compromise your stand in Jesus, or that’ll cause you to sin.
    + Also be careful of the kinds of friends that you keep because they’re a big influence too.
  6. Your body in general:
    + Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).
    + So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
    + And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18).
    + Don’t steal, don’t let those hands go against you to take things that aren’t yours. Yes, even pens you find randomly. They’re not yours so don’t take them.
    + Work hard wherever you are and wherever God has put you, with all your heart; as if you were working for God (Colossians 3:23).

PRAYER:


Lord, today I give you my hands, my mind, my body, spirit, soul, feet, heart, mouth, ears and eyes. I give you everything. Let your Holy Spirit guide me in all truth to do the right thing. Guide my paths, be my strength, cleanse me, and teach me your ways in all I do, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

God Loves YOU!

-Em Jacqui-

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