“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:1-3 (KJV)
Though the Lord no longer requires blood sacrifices; the slaying of lambs, bulls, goats, etc.; we are still “Beseeched” that is strongly encouraged; to make our own “Bodies” a living sacrifice unto the Lord. It is to be a sacrifice “Holy, acceptable unto God”. That truly means that once we are a child of God, born again through faith in Christ Jesus; that our bodies are not our own. We are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23).
-Tim A. Blankenship