A Living Sacrifice
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (ROMANS 12)
What does it mean here when the author of Romans named the Apostle Paul, that we should be transformed by the renewing of your mind is that we should change our way of thinking into the will of God, which is His good and perfect will?
(Side Note: The bible was written in Hebrew and was translated into Greek and then now in English. When Paul wrote this letter to the Romans, he used the word: the renewing of your Heart, and when the Greeks translated it, they changed the word into “renewing of your mind.”)
What does the paradox of being a “Living Sacrifice.” It means to be a living offering, holy and acceptable to God, which is submitting your life to God and having faith that He will make your paths straight and that He has a plans for your life, a plan to prosper you and not to harm you, a plan to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 11)
The Question is HOW? How do we become Living Sacrifice to God?
We are comprised of three things: Spirit, Soul and Body.
- The Spirit is awakened when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour of your life.
- The Soul is the part where our emotion and intellectual logic and will (which is decision-making takes place.)
- The Body, is the physically form of our beings.
When we were still non-believers, we have conformed into the patterns of this world. We do or approve of what the majority of what people do in today’s day and age, like pre-marital sex, drugs and alcohol. We say, ” well everybody does it!” and it has become the norm of today’s society. When we became Christians and disciples of Jesus Christ, our Inner Spirit has been awakened.
There is a tug-of-war between our body which is known in the bible as the “flesh” and with our soul as well as our spirit.
This is called the Battle of the Heart.