Romans 12:1-2 – 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. 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.
Sacrifice. It is not a popular term today. In a time of entitlement and leisure for many, the notion of sacrifice is pejorative. As disciples of Christ, our example is one of love, kindness, mercy, and righteousness. While we are yet in the flesh, we are called to a holy life, a life separated from the sin and darkness. This is our reasonable service and it requires sacrifice.
Christ loved the Church so much that He gave His life for it. Why? He did so “that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27). Therefore, we owe it to Him to demonstrate our appreciation and love to Him by following His commandments.
The Church is married to Jesus Christ, what husband does not expect His wife to be faithful, and what wife does not look for her husband to love her above any other. No one has ever loved someone through sin. Love and sin are incompatible. Let us wash our minds with the Word and await Him on the path of Life illuminated by the Light of His glory. Only then can we say we have given our reasonable service.