~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.
As believers, our goal should be to become more Christ like in our words and deeds. This is a daily effort on our part and requires a great deal of training. We must train our minds and bodies to stop living like we did before we were born again! This is what Paul is speaking of when he says in verse 1 to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. Each day, we take those sinful ways and eliminate them from our lives as though they are dead. They are put to death daily so we can transform ourselves through the power of the Holy Spirit to be more Christ like!
~1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
~1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
~2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Our manner and our conversation should sound like God. The only way we can do this is by striving to eliminate sin from our lives. We will always struggle with sin until we reach Heaven. However, we should be sinning less and less as we grow and grow in Christ!
I absolutely love the end of verse 1. Paul tells us that striving to live a holy life is our reasonable service! I love how David Cloud described this reasonable service:
“This is a reasonable decision. It is reasonable because knowing and serving God is the purpose of life (Ecclesiastes 12:13). It is reasonable because life apart from God’s will is vanity. That is the theme of the book of Ecclesiastes. It is also reasonable to dedicate my life to Christ because God’s will brings great reward (Heb. 11:24-27). A missionary once said, ‘A man is not unwise to give up that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.’”
It is our reasonable service to give ourselves daily to the Lord – asking His guidance and assistance in living our lives in a holy and acceptable way to Him. When we strive to live holy on a daily basis, our Holy God will help us for He is Holy. It pleases Him to see His children walking after Him!