Romans 12:1 [ESV] I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship
Romans 12:1 [Message] So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him
I love how Eugene Peterson in the Message, expands “bodies” to “ your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—”
Paul asks us, pleads with us to give this life to God as as offering, as a living sacrifice, as an act of worship. But there is a catch!
First, Paul says: “by the mercies of God,” or “God helping you”
That’s the catch we don’t get to giving our sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life to God without God’s help.
So, how do we get God to get us there?
He already has: To experience God’s help is to embrace it!
Eugene Peterson in the Message ends Romans 12:1 like this: “Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him”
Today, I’m not going to ask God to help me be a living sacrifice, I’m going to celebrate, embrace how He is doing that in my life.
In my sleep you give me rest, in my eating you give me strength, in my work you give me purpose, in my walking-around you give me pleasure.
And I don’t appreciate it enough.
Today, let me embrace what you do for me, and give you praise!