Devotional: ‘Giving Our Body to God’

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Romans 12:1 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.

Does God care what we do with our body? The Bible teaches us that our body is very important to God. “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 NLT) It is the will of God to make us holy in every way, which includes our spirit, our soul and our body.

Yesterday I gave you two reasons why what we do with our body matters to God.

Reason #1 – Our Body Belongs to Christ (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Reason #2 – Our Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 6:19)

Let me now share with you another important truth –

Reason #3 – Our Body is to be Used as an Instrument of Righteousness

Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

The Bible teaches us that God has created our bodies. The psalmist said – “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13 NLT) Our body is not an accident. It is a special creation of God. The Bible also teaches us that our body is not – ‘amoral.’ The word ‘amoral’ means: {neither right or wrong}. In other words, our body is not a ‘thing’; it is an ‘instrument’ God has fashioned to be used for His glory.

Paul tells us that our body can be used either as an instrument for doing what is righteous, or for doing what is unrighteous. Our body can be an instrument either in the hands of God or the hands of Satan. Because our body belongs to God, and because it is the temple of the indwelling Holy Spirit – our bodies should be used for doing what is holy and righteous.

Paul tells us – “Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God…” (Rom 6:12-13 NLT)

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