Written by Billy Joe Daugherty
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
You can experience a turnaround in your life if you will allow your thinking to be transformed by the daily input of God's Word.
Paul admonished believers in the above scripture. In light of all that God has done for us, we are to give our bodies in service to God as living sacrifices.
In the Old Testament, once a year a sacrifice was offered to God by the high priest. A lamb was killed and laid upon the altar. Its blood covered, or atoned, the sins of the people. In the New Testament, this yearly sacrifice was abolished because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice paid the price for the sin of mankind once and for all.
Now it's up to us to offer our bodies to God as living sacrifices. No one else can present your body to God but you. Paul said, "Do not be conformed to this world…" (Rom. 12:2). The J. B. Phillips Translation of this verse says, "Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within…."
The "world" has lifestyles, mannerisms, and morals that are distinctly different from born-again believers. Unlike the world, a believer's lifestyle, morals, mannerisms, thoughts, words, and actions are to be patterned after Jesus Christ. It is an admonishment from on High that we not be "squeezed" into the world's mold.
Paul said, "Be transformed…." This transformation takes place by renewing our minds with God's Word. What God says is what we are to say. We can get our heads "straight" by filling them with God's Word.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
I give my body to serve God and offer it to Him as a living sacrifice. My mind is being renewed by the Word of God. My thinking is being rearranged by the daily input of God's Word.