Romans 12:1 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (ESV)
I’ve often wondered about this. The obvious take-away from this would be to save you body for marriage, sexually speaking. One could argue that doing things that harm oneself . . . such as drugs, smoking or overeating (the latter of which I am guilty of) . . . could be disobeying this appeal from Paul. But what else can we do as a “living sacrifice?”
The year that I got saved, the youth group in our church did a human video. The song talked about making ourselves an offering. There were three people coming up to put their offerings in the plate. The first pulled out her change purse and pulled out a few coins and put them in. The second pulled a large handful of cash out and, after making sure that everyone saw her, piled it into the plate. Then the final person, dressed in rags, stepped up. He pulled out one pocket and then the other to show that he had no money. Then, he stepped into the plate and lifted his arms. It was a powerful message that’s affected me for years. It’s the reason that my stories have adopted a Christian worldview. In my mind, a Christian has a responsibility to use his gifts for the glory of Christ Jesus.
Watch the video at the link below. Aside from the fact that the music is awesome, it tells the story of one little lad who used his talent for Jesus.