Thoughts on Romans 12:1 

 “Therefore I exhort youbrothers and sistersby the mercies of Godto present your bodies as a sacrifice – aliveholyand pleasing to God – which is your reasonable service.”

Therefore reminds us to look back and as we do we remember that we all have sinned and have fallen short of God’s glory. But God sent the illuminating Holy Spirit and we took a step of faith. We put the past behind us and now look toward the future. We echo the words of Gal 2:20: I am crucified with Christ; now Christ lives in me.  This was all of God’s mercies and none of ourselves. Therefore, because of this we are not commanded but lovingly urged to offer ourselves back to God for His act of lovingkindness to us who are called into his kingdom.

Paul now tells us the “how.” We are to present ourselves alive, dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. [Rom 6:11 &13] We are to be holy, set apart, unblemished as the lambs chosen for the Temple sacrifices. We are to be pleasing or acceptable to God as that which is reasonable because of the price paid for us on Calvary. We offer ourselves not to be consumed on an altar of stone but as a living sacrifice. Jesus paid the price on the altar of death and now we who are alive are to come boldly and offer ourselves devoted and consecrated sacrifices to the living God in gratitude for His mercy poured out upon us. This is our reasonable act of worship.

 

Published by Gaye Austin