Romans 12:1-2 NET - Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice—alive, holy, and pleasing to God—which is your reasonable service. 12:2 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT - Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
Monday’s devotional looked at “Why” we would offer our bodies to God as living, holy instruments of worship geared to please Him. The resurrection of Christ and teaching of the New Testament make it clear - our bodies are not evil, but they are included in our ultimate salvation. Our bodies matter very much to God - in this life and in the next. We will not exist eternally as disembodied souls, but we will have glorified bodies like Christ had after His resurrection. Eternal life will ultimately include our physical bodies! Because the blood of Christ purchased our bodies (and not just our souls), we honor God FROM the heart WITH our bodies. Isn’t this why God condemns intoxicating our bodies with drunkenness? Isn’t this also related to why gluttony is condemned in Scripture, even referring to some whose appetites have turned their stomachs into their gods? (Ouch!) We have God-given gifts of eyes that can see, ears that can listen, tongues that can speak, and of course sexual organs that bond husband and wife - normally used to reproduce new life. We have shapes and figures that may prove pleasing and attractive or that may unlovingly be used to stimulate ungodly lusts in others if we do not treat our bodies with reasonable modesty. Think about it. Almost every sin that Scripture condemns harshly involves the human body in some way. Yes, God cares very much for the state of our hearts (minds), but it would be Biblically inaccurate to say God only cares about what we are on the inside. So in view of God’s mercies, He desires us to please Him, to honor Him, to worship Him… with the way we treat and use our bodies. In view of His mercies, isn’t that reasonable? Might you have an addiction to junk food, overeating, or certain Internet technology (smartphones, social media, porn, etc., which can rewire the physical brain)? Wouldn’t that indicate the need to rededicate your body to the God of all mercies? How may God expect you to honor Him with the use of your body in regard to sexuality and modesty of how you present yourself? When we read about the extensive system of sacrifices that God established in the Old Testament… and when we consider the ultimate sacrifice of Christ for us on the cross… is there any way in which the living sacrifice of our bodies to honor, worship, and please God could ever be too great? Were not all the sacrifices that God commanded and accepted to be costly offerings that were never cheap, defective, or easy to give?