Getting in Position
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)
Some people have asked me, “How do I get into a position to fulfill my course?”
Many people understand that God has a plan for their lives, and they want to fulfill it, but they aren’t willing to put in the work and discipline that it requires.
Speaking to the Christians in Rome, Paul called followers of Jesus to present their bodies as a living sacrifice. Sacrifice isn’t a popular Christian topic. No one gets excited about the idea of sacrifice because it means denying yourself and deciding to follow God.
The word living in Romans 12:1 means lifetime. Paul wasn’t calling for a momentary, one-week, or one-month choice. He implored believers to make a decision for life.
In other words, Paul said that we are all called to provide our body as a lifetime gift to God. That means we must give up what our flesh wants. We must give up our plans and desires and purposes to fully follow God - no matter what it takes.
Too many Christians focus on their flesh first before they focus on their purpose for God. I am a Christian before I am a black man. When people focus on their flesh before their spirit, they will mess up and miss God’s best.
Many others enter professions following their fleshly desires, not the will of God.
Paul concluded Romans 12:1 by saying that living a life of fleshly sacrifice is our reasonable service. The word reasonable in Greek means logical, and the word service means worship.
The logical response to God’s goodness is to give up our fleshly desires and follow God.
Practical Application – When your flesh doesn’t feel like following God, tell your flesh to get in line! Say out loud, “Flesh! My spirit is in charge. And I will follow God so I can fulfill my purpose!”
Romans 6:12; 1 Corinthians 9:27