“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
It looks like I’ve been given the chance to get caught up with my writing today. Romans 12:1-2 is indeed a good discipline for all of us.
I am thankful in how the Lord used Pastor Dave Shirley for the lessons I received in the multiple classes I was privileged to take during my term at CCBC (and much to my regret, if I had known him sooner I would have taken all of the classes he taught).
They have been wonderful reminders from the Holy Spirit of working out our salvation with fear and trembling through the presentation of our bodies as living sacrifices for this is our reasonable spiritual service. And for a season, I get to pass on what I have been taught to the children and teachers here at CLC in Dasmariñas, Cavite in the Philippines.
God is truly the Lord of the harvest. I am just always exceedingly grateful that I get to be His instrument. It is all about presentation of our bodies. When our eyes, mouth, ears, nose, hands and feet, our whole body, the heart most of all, are offered to Him as a sacrifice…you can be sure that it will be living in Christ.
The Greek word for present, parastesai, denotes a coming alongside. We get the word Paraclete, the Holy Spirit who comes alongside every believer.
In essence Paul tells us that Jesus wants us to present ourselves alongside Him. It is so cool!
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”