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.
Berean Study Bible:
Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
This chapter starts by reflecting what has been expounded from eleven previous chapters. Therefore, in light of everything we’ve discussed so far, I beg or beseech or ask or urge you to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God which is your reasonable service or spiritual service of worship.
I have not studied this scripture in details but the simplest way of looking at it is we are sacrifices. A living ones. In the Old Covenant, the saints offered dead sacrifices. They butchered animals, sprinkled blood at the altar, cook the meat and eat. I cannot imagine how messy things were. There were blood everywhere. The priests were literally professional butchers.
God’s plan from the very beginning was not for us to offer animal sacrifices like that. Jesus said in Psalm 40:6, “In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.” Psalm 51:16 writes, For You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; You take no pleasure in burnt offerings.
Burnt offering and killing animals is what pagans do. God is not seeking animal worship. He is not looking for dead sacrifices. His desire is living sacrifices. Jesus came to do His will and teach us how to be spiritual worshippers. Romans 12:1 is reminding us of what we were called to do. True worshipers worships the Father in spirit and in truth.
Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We do not need to go to some location or schedule specific time to worship, no. We have the privilege of worshipping anytime, anyplace.
Every morning when you get up, your first prayer should be thanksgiving to God for everything He has done for you. Then your response to Him will be offering your body a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him which is our spiritual service of worship. Then go on your business and conducts with that commitment. In other words, every word, action, and deed will be shaped by the mercies of God towards you or what God has done for you.
For example, a coworker pissed you off. Instead of “getting even” with him or her, you will think how God sent His Son Jesus to die for you while you were still a sinner. You will think how patient He was and still is with you when you messed up. With that in mind, you will not “get even” with your co worker instead you will desire to express love or compassion towards him or her. You may pray for him or her. May be figure out what put them in that position. You’ll be surprise with the outcome when you are patient with them.
Another example, let’s say you are broke. You had a few cents left in your hands. Then you happen to be at a store looking to get some water or something and suddenly you see a bundle of cash wrapped in hundreds laying on the floor. You picked up. No one saw you. Instead of secretly keeping it, you go search for a person who lost it. It would have been easier for you to stash it in your pocket and solve your broke problem but you didn’t because your trust is in the Lord. You believe God when He said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. You found the person who lost it and joyfully give it to them. That act is well pleasing to God.
O, but pagans can also do that. Sure they can. The only caviar is they have not submitted themselves to God through His provision. Their deeds are filthy rags because they have not been cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. They can never be pleasing to God until they first get their sin washed away. If you are not in right standing with God, make things right with Him through Christ first then you’ll be able to offer a reasonable service to Him.
If you train yourself to live this way, I believe it will become part of you for the rest of your life and God will be well pleased by you. You will be a true worshipper of God. Amen?