“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
Romans 12:1, NAS
Bam! I was suddenly jarred as a motorcycle hit the front end of my dad’s car. As a nineteen year old, I had just delivered a Thanksgiving meal to an older lady when I failed to “yield the right of way” and struck a motorcyclist who was traveling forty miles over the speed limit. Thankfully, he lived.
Most Christians “fail to yield” in presenting themselves to Christ. The most significant moment of my teen years occurred when I prayed, “Lord, I give you my life.” Paul’s use of the word “to present” reflects a total commitment at a definite point of time. Has there been such an experience in your life? Usually, this occurs after the new birth.
Lordship is like marriage. I have spent many years discovering what I did when I said, “I do.” My understanding of love and loyalty for Christ has grown also, even though I “believed in the Lord Jesus Christ” at salvation.
Yielding to the Lord means to give Him “the right of way” in every area of life as you become a “living sacrifice.” Since our bodies are “the temple of the Holy Spirit” (1Corinthians 6:19), we give our eyes, hands, tongue, and sexual organs to Jesus. You are not a dead animal but a living person. “You are not your own.”
“Present” also indicates a once-and-for-all surrender. Oswald Chambers loved the saying, “abandoned to God.” Have you said, “Lord, I am selling out to You with no strings attached.” Keep the sacrifice on the altar with the flesh hooks of obedience.(Exodus 27:3) You then become “holy and acceptable to God” and more like Jesus, His Son.
QUESTION: What do you need to present to God, once and for all time, to become holy and acceptable?