Presenting Your Body as a Living Sacrifice
Therefore, I encourage you brethren through the compassions of God to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable religious service. And stop being outwardly conformed to this age , but to be transformed by your renewed mind, for the purpose to test for approval what is the desirous will of God, the good and well pleasing and mature. – Romans 12:1,2.
The Compassions of God
Compassion is having sympathy for the suffering of others. It is different from mercy, which is giving relief from the affects of sin.
God is the Father or originator of compassion, 2 Corinthians 1:3 Well-spoken of is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of pity and God of all encouragement,
As those who have been chosen from God we are to clothe ourselves with tender compassion, Colossians 3:12. Therefore, clothe yourselves with, as elect ones of God set apart and beloved, tender compassion, kindness, humility, objectivity of mind, longsuffering …
A Living Sacrifice
That which is sacrificed is given wholly to God. Giving our bodies as a sacrifice is recognizing that it belongs to God.
This is a one time act done by the saint in recognition of what has been provided for the saint in salvation.
Based upon this understanding the saint’s actions should continually be taking into consideration that all things done to the body should be for expressing a proper opinion of God, not the individual person.
Our Reasonable Service
As those who have been saved and are therefore set apart unto God it is only reasonable that we present our bodies, for which He died, to Him for His service.
This is the same type of service rendered by the Israelites in the Temple; however, as christian we do not serve God under law, as they did, rather we serve God in spirit – the rational part of our being – in truth, rendering a logical religious service as those who are in Christ.
Stop putting on a mask of being under law. As saint in Christ we are not under the Mosaic law, in any part.
By outwardly conforming to the legal age – a period in which God is showing to intelligent beings that they cannot please Him through any quality of law – the saints ability to discern the desire will of God is inhibited that saint’s actions are not pleasing to God.
Since we are in the Church we are not under the Mosaic Law, even as a good principle or guideline, because acting as sons is far superior to abiding by any law. Under the law no one could mature, under grace all can mature. In living out who we are in Christ the character that we manifest comes from acting as sons and is not contrary to any law, Galatians 5: 22, 23. Applying any law to our life will lead us away from God’s will because we cannot live by grace and by law. We either live by grace as sons manifesting the character of Christ by using the fruit of the Spirit, freely pleasing God through our actions, or live under law which binds a person to obey by force and is only done out of obligation and under the threat of death.
Putting to the Test for Approval
After recognizing and presenting the body as a living sacrifice and ceasing to outwardly conform to an image that is contrary to who we are in Christ, it is only then that we can properly weight each situation to know if it is the desires will of God.
God has revealed through Scripture the major parts of His desire will for all who are in Christ and since God does not contradict Himself we can use what is revealed to weight every aspect of our life – what job we have, where we live, who we marry, and all other aspects of our lives can be done in a way that takes full advantage of what God wants for us and shows to others a proper opinion of Who He is through our actions.