For the next few weeks, this space will be dedicated to my own “lenten observance”, a verse-a-day meditation on Romans 12. I hope you enjoy the ride. So, here’s Romans 12: 1

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.

I tell you what, we might be able to do a whole month of mediation on this verse. God has done so much for us. Making us, loving us, sending His Son to live among us, making us right with Him again. It’s pretty amazing. In response (not in payment), He wants our very bodies to be offered to him. Not as the old-fashioned “dead” sacrifices were, but as living sacrifices.

Still alive, but given to God. For whatever He wants, for whatever His purpose is. And given this way, as imperfect as we are… he actually finds this an acceptable sacrifice. He actually likes it…

…so much that He considers it to be the truest act of worship. More than church attendance, or singing, or raising hands, or kneeling, or not cussing in traffic, or… (You get the picture.)

Father, today, we surrender all this that you have given us. We give it back to you. You have done for us what we could never do for ourselves, and we can never pay for it. But in thankfulness, we give you our all.

Amen.

 

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