Obedience or Sacrifice?

By: Joan Meyler

Do you find fault with your body? Want to change parts for something “more attractive” or acceptable to the society in which you live?

On and off over the years, I have been toying with Romans 12:1(“Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship”).

Trying to understand its meaning, myself and I have a conversation which goes like this:

“Living sacrifice? That denotes pain. Sacrifice is painful. Is God talking about your body or your thoughts?  Doesn’t 1 Samuel 22:15 say “To obey is better than sacrifice”? Then God must be talking about more than the outward appearance.  I believe that your actions are reflective of your thoughts so maybe this is saying that as you control your thoughts you gain control of your body. Jeremiah 1:5. Seems to clarify this as God speaks (my translation):Obedience“You have been in my thoughts.  I thought about how perfect you are. The qualities you have. The love in your heart. The compassion you feel for others.  I thought so much about you, that my hands began to form you in the secret places. My thoughts of you and my love for you created you.  Filled you with gifts and talents, surrounded you with all you will ever need. Your body is my gift to you. A housing for my Spirit in you.  I breathe my breath into you and filled your lungs with joy. My love caused your heart to begin beating and keeps it beating.  You are not your own.  You are mine, perfect as I am perfect.”

Realize there is nothing wrong with the way you look.  You don’t need to change any part of it. Understand that the “living sacrifice” is in the acceptance of who You are in Christ; His perfect creation. The one He made in His image. The one who through your love for him obeys his voice as it leads you through the seasons of your life.  Once understood, it is not a sacrifice (painful) to treat your body well, as you would something of great value.  Because you are.

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