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)
The Apostle Paul, writing to the believers in Rome, understood that they were living in a city saturated with an anti-Biblical mindset. Therefore, he addressed them using the word beseech. The word beseech means to implore strongly. Paul was telling them that choosing to live godly lives in an immoral culture was a very important topic to him personally.
Paul implored them to present their bodies a living sacrifice. Holy means separated from all other things, distinct and different. Christians should protect their bodies in an entirely different way than the world around us does. The world says that sex outside of the confines of marriage is okay as long as you are a consenting adult, and you use protection. The Bible, however, says we are called to keep our bodies protected and pure.
The world says that the main goal in life is pleasure; so, do what feels good, eat what tastes good, and experience what feels good. The problem is, the result of living that way is death and destruction. Most people my age have seen it many times.
Paul calls protecting and keeping of the body our reasonable service. In Greek, this phrase means our logical worship. In other words, the way we protect our bodies from immorality should make sense to everyone who knows God. It is a way that we worship God with our actions and decisions.
Practical Application – Have you ever gone on a fast? I want to encourage you to consider fasting just one day. Fasting proves to us that we can tell our flesh that it is not in control; our spirit is. Fasting also allows us to spend more time in prayer. It quiets our flesh and will enable us to hear more clearly from the Holy Spirit within us.
Romans 6:12; Romans 7:22