A Living and Holy Sacrifice
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
Let them be a living and holy sacrifice... A living sacrifice is a real and on-going thing. It isn’t theoretical or ideological; it is actually literally and truly happening. For instance, not repaying evil for evil but giving a blessing instead (1 Peter 3:9) is a sacrifice I must actually do not just an idea to agree with or talk about. To be a living sacrifice it’s a sacrifice I make while I’m living.
A holy sacrifice... Holy is what God made me the moment I believed in his Son, Jesus. Holy means set apart, and I must remember that God is the one who set me apart from the rest of the world and put me in the set of people who believe in Jesus, the people whose sins are not being counted against them anymore. And I didn’t get set apart in the holy group by any means of my own from anything I did. Jesus made me holy because of what HE did. So using my body as a holy sacrifice means staying in the set apart group that God put me in the moment I believed.
This is truly the way to worship him... Worship God with who I am. Do the things he says to do (be a living sacrifice), and remain in the set apart group (be holy).
Thank you for making me holy. Thank you for your Holy Spirit living in me giving me the desire and the ability to do what pleases you so that I can be a living sacrifice. I want to belong to you because I love you so much, and I just can’t thank you enough for all you have do for me through your Son, Jesus in whom I pray. Amen.