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 (Romans 12:1, NIV).
I’ve often wondered how do I offer my body as a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable unto God. God has given us this instruction so their must be some guidance on how to do this. A dear friend shared with me this book called Man on Three Dimensions by Kenneth E. Hagin. This book has changed my life and will forever be a reference on my bookshelf. In this book the author breaks down who we really are and how we can offer our bodies to God according to His word.
Through this teaching I’ve learned that the way we present our bodies to God is through our spirit. Our spirit man is how we communicate with God because God is Spirit. Okay before I go to far let me show you this break down that is presented in the book:
- Spirit. The dimension of man which deals with the spiritual realm. The part of man that knows God.
- Soul. The dimension of man which deals with the mental realm. Man’s intellect. The sensibilities and will. The part that reasons and thinks.
- Body. The dimension of man which deals with the physical realm. The house in which we live.
We all have a three-folds as described above. We are a spirit, that possess a soul and lives in a body. The scriptures says, 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 (Romans 12:1, NIV). I just recognized that presenting our body to God is our true and proper worship to him! WOW!!!
Our sprit is the part of us that communicates with God, therefore we have to present our body to God through our spirit. Our soul which is our mind, where we think is sinful. We cannot present ourselves to God with that kind of soul. The word says, “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). When our mind is transformed our thinking, words and action changes.
Our soul/mind is changed because the Holy Spirit speaks to our spirit through the word of God. When the mind hears the word of God it penetrates our hearts and our soul is changed. Our mind is the intellect that tells our bodies what to do. Our body is a shell that listens to the soul. Therefore our actions change because our mind has changed.
Our spirit than (because it is the one that communicates with God) is able to present our body holy and acceptable unto God as a living sacrifice.The reason the presentation is holy and acceptable because our soul has been transformed and the body comes into obedience. It is called a living sacrifice because every day we are denying our bodies the desires of the flesh and following the renewed mind of the spirit.
I love this quote that the author said in the book “Just because a person is a Christian, and even filled with the Holy Spirit, doesn’t mean that he has a renewed mind. The mind becomes renewed with the Word of God”.
I found that statement really profound because it never occurred to me that we could be a Christian filled with the Holy Spirit but not have a renewed mind. Therefore we could never present our body to Christ as a living sacrifice and give him true and proper worship.
I believe that is why the bible says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23).
Thank you for your word. It is our desire to follow and obey all that you have spoken. We pray for your guidance and help as we study to present ourselves a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable unto you. Thank you for teaching us that change comes through studying your word. We give you glory and praise in Jesus name Amen.
Affirmation: Mathew 10:20; Luke 24:32