Letter to Christians in Rome: Chapter 12 (pt 5 of 28)

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Paul also tells us that offing our bodies is the only thing that makes sense. “This is your logical worship.” This is the way you worship God. I hear a lot of people talking about worship these days. When you come to a church, you come to worship corporately, together. But worship doesn’t start or end in church. You are worshiping or you are not worshiping all week long, depending on what you do with your body. Is it his? Is it his to use right where you are — at your work, in your home, with your family? Worship is allowing God to use your body and to be the dynamic that works through that body in every situation. God says that is your logical worship. That is the only thing that makes sense.

God says if you use your body, you’re going to misuse it, abuse it. You’re going to use it for things the body was never intended to be used for; in a way that will destroy or hurt it. However, if you give your body to God, He is going to use it the right way. So what is His instruction: “Bring it to me and I will use it wherever you go, and I will use to bring peace and to give joy and to heal hurt and show love and healing and grace wherever you are. I will bless the world through your body.”

So obviously, the only logical, sensible thing to do with your body is to bring it to the Lord and say, “Lord, here it is, just as it is, without any attempt to improve it or make it better. Take me, Lord, and begin to use me.” Doesn’t that sound like a better deal to you? Sure it does. So you say, “Okay, Lord, but how do I do this? How does it work?” The Lord leans into you and says, “Well, after you bring your body, I don’t want you to continue conforming to the world around you. Second, I want you to transform your mind by renewing it with my Word. Meditate on it day-and-night. When you do that, you will be able to test and approve what My will is—My good, pleasing and perfect will.”

See? Those two commands are both in the present tense. That means they are things that you do . . . and keep on doing. You bring your body once—you give it to God and you base the rest of your life on that commitment.

If interested, you can download the entire study of The Letter to Christians at Rome

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