A Living Sacrifice

After we get saved, we have to do something about our bodies!

The day we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, something took place on the inside of us – we were born again! That new birth took place in our spirits, and we became children of God. Jesus referred to this when He said:

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6 NKJV)

In other words, that which is born of the Holy Spirit is not your flesh, but your spirit. It is your spirit that has been born again, but your flesh still remains the same.

After we were saved, our bodies became the dwelling place of God. The Apostle Paul referred to this, when he wrote:

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 NKJV) 

Notice that we are a holy temple, because our bodies have become the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit!

The Apostle Paul also wrote:

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 NKJV)

We need to have a clear image of our bodies as the sanctuary of God through the Holy Spirit. That is who we are!

Why would an unlimited God use such limited earthen vessels to manifest His presence and power?  The reason is so that He might reach out and touch the world through us.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7 NKJV)

How amazing, that God would choose to manifest His power through us considering how weak we are. The Lord explained this to the Apostle Paul, when He said:

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)

The word “strength” in this verse, is the Greek word “dunamis,” which means “power.” His power is made perfect in our weaknesses! He chose to manifest His power through us, so that He would receive all the glory for everything He does. If we know that we cannot not do it in our own strength, then we have to give God all the glory for it.

God wants us to keep our bodies holy, so that He can use them for His glory. This is why we need to cleanse ourselves from any sin that would defile our bodies and make us unfit for Him to use. The Apostle Paul wrote to his spiritual son, Timothy:

“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:20-21 NKJV) 

There are two parts to holiness: God’s part and our part. God has made us holy by setting us apart from the world and placing us in Christ. We also have to do our part, by keeping ourselves pure from the contamination of the world. We have to cleanse ourselves by repenting of any sins in our lives. We need to shake them off once and for all. We have to present our bodies to God as a holy sacrifice to Him. Then we will be a vessel of honor, that is sanctified and fit for the Master’s use!

The Apostle Paul wrote:

“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 (of worship).” (Romans 12:1 NKJV, words in parentheses mine.)

Here Paul tells us that we have to consecrate our bodies to God as a living sacrifice. This is the kind of body that God can use for His glory!

Once we have presented our bodies to God, then we must leave them on the altar and never take them back. Therefore, from this day forward, declare every day, “My body is a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to You,  O Lord. It is my reasonable service of worship!”

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

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