Romans 12:1 says, “I beg you, brothers and sisters, to present you bodies as a living sacrifice ….”
Romans 12 is a great message about “If you’re going to claim to be a Christian, act like it.” For me, ‘present your body’ means to show up, be available, be willing to be obedient to serve and to do what God tells you to, one moment at a time.
So here’s my revelation for today: If you are a ‘true’ believer in Jesus, one who is steadily focusing on God, trusting Him and obeying Him, seeking His Face, surrendering to Him on a daily basis; you have the Spirit of the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY living in your own personal heart. That is what it means to ‘be a Christian’. Now, if you have God’s Holy Spirit in you, and you show up anywhere, work, school, a kid’s soccer game, a band concert, a walk in the park, a flood rescue effort, you are presenting your body as a living sacrifice, for God to use to touch other peoples lives. You are making yourself available to do and to say exactly what God wants you to do and say.
Are y’all ready for this? You know where it says, “You are the salt of the earth.” “You are the light of the world.” If you have God’s Spirit in your own heart, then you ARE doing what salt does. You are flavoring and keeping the world from corruption and decay, just like salt flavors food and keeps it from decay. You ARE God’s shining Light in the world, to show people the way, to comfort them, to keep them safe and sound. You don’t even have to try; or plan; or prepare; or get a special education; or have a special degree, or ordination, or anointing. You already ARE anointed. You have the Spirit of the Living God in your own little heart. You just can’t get any more anointed than that. All you have to do is SHOW UP!
So I’ve been reading the whole 12th chapter of Romans, and bringing those things back to the first sentence of the chapter. In verses 3-8 it talks about how God has given each of us a special gift (or gifts) to help the Body of Christ. There’s a lot of talk about learning what your gift is, so you can do a better job of using it for God’s honor and glory. I think it’s great to focus some attention on understanding what God’s plan is for your life, so you can do a better job of serving Him and others; but you know what I really think? I think if you really trust God, and you surrender your whole self to Him on a regular basis, it doesn’t matter whether you know what your specific gift is or not. If you SHOW UP when God tells you to, He will use you and your gift(s) in miraculous ways, even if you don’t know exactly what they are. Continue reading →