“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
Romans 12:1 (NIV)
OK, so it’s not quite Sunday Morning anymore where I live, but I guarantee there are people still in church right now (especially if they go to a black church 😉 ). Today’s poem comes from Canden Webb and is entitled, “Romans 12:1.” In this verse, the apostle Paul writes that we must offer our bodies “as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.” As Jesus sacrificed himself, free of sin, to save us, we should strive to be more like Him. That means we should abstain ourselves from any type of impurity, especially sex.
Unfortunately, sex is the new black, and it sells trillions!
Let me back track and say that sex isn’t bad . . . if you’re married. However, it is often unmarried people who are diving into lewd, sexual behavior without even a second thought. They know God, but they neither glorify Him as God, nor do they give Him thanks. For that reason, God “gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another” (Romans 1:21; 24). Sure, the sinful things we enjoy in today’s world may be fun now, but how would we feel when our Lord returns and says, “I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers”? (Matthew 7:23). Being in God’s presence for eternity is more important to me than a fleeting moment of pleasure, and it should be for you as well.
“The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body . . . he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:13;18-20)
If our bodies are members of Christ himself, temples of the Holy Spirit, how blasphemous it would be to commit such atrocious acts! How desecrating! We’ve all done it, however. We’ve all gone to church and begged for forgiveness only to go out and do it again (or at least I have). But remember that second part of 1 John 1:9— “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” If we truly confess our sins with our hearts, he will hear us and forgive us, and we will sin no more. Let’s all do that, so our bodies can be presented as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.