I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
When we think in the Old Testament , we think about the sacrifices the Israelites used to lay down before God. The sacrifices were an offering or gift to God to show their gratitude or ask for atonement for sin. Here in the New Covenant, things are a little different. Jesus is our ultimate sacrifice. He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.
However as a body of believers , we are asked to present our bodies as a “Living Sacrifice” to God. What does that mean? Well the Bible tells us we were bought at a price and our bodies now no longer belong to us (1 Corinthians 6:20) Therefor why would you defile something that doesn’t belong to you?
God is asking us to make “sacrifices” to keep us from being corrupted or polluted from this world. Cut out sexual immorality, cut out drugs and alcohol , cut out violent movies and video games. Do things pleasing to God as a personal sacrifice to Him
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
Become transformed by the renewing of your mind, how do you do that? By becoming Born Again (John 3) If you’re a new creature in Christ then you are no longer behaving like the Old Man that died. Understand that your works don’t save you however your works should reflect your relationship with Christ! Amen!