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. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.-Romans 12:1-2
What is Paul saying when tells to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice? And how can a sacrifice be a living one? What Paul is telling us in verse 1 is that to truly worship God you have to give your whole self to God. So that in essence you have allowed a part of you “to die” so that God can work through you. That is why verse 2 is so important. So in verse 1 we see that true worship of God involves giving yourself to God. Verse 2 is a reminder to us to not go back to our old way living, but to continually be offering our bodies as living sacrifices. In verse 2 Paul uses words such as “do not conform” and “be transformed”. Paul is telling us the power of true worship. When you decide to worship God with everything you’ve got, you will see a remarkable transformation happen. The old way of living that you once thought was so great and good, you will see that nothing about that way of life was great or good. Instead you will find that the things of God and more importantly his will for your life will become more important than the things of this world. Let’s all not be conformers, but instead be transformers who have been transformed.