Updated: Oct 7, 2020
[Written 11th November 2014]
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1, KJV)
I’ve read this scripture many times, as I’m sure most of us have, but this week the word ‘reasonable’ has jumped out at me. According to the Holy Spirit, devoting our whole body (and consequently our lives) to God is only REASONABLE.
If something is reasonable, then it is not extreme, unfair, or excessive, but simply expected. As a believer who has been saved by grace and given the gift of eternal life, it is only fair that we would dedicate our entire lives to God.
Our lives are no longer our own. We have been bought with a very, very high price… that price is the life of God Himself. Jesus paid for us with His own blood… WE OWE HIM EVERYTHING (1 Corinthians 7:23). A sacrifice is dead… so to be a ‘living sacrifice’ we must be dead to everything pertaining to OURSELVES. We are to sacrifice our own dreams and desire for the sake of His... YES there is no more ‘I’.