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.
I see the word therefore, God’s mercy, living sacrifices and worship.
When see the word therefor you have to back up a little to find out what it is there for. Paul in the previous chapters was saying that both the Jew and the gentile were disobedient, but God through Jesus Christ has provided a way for us to be saved from God’s wrath. That is God’s Mercy.
The only sacrifice that made sense to his readers was a burnt offering in which an animal was totally involved. Paul is saying that our whole physical being should participate in our devotion to God
Father, today I ask that you help me remember your great Mercy that you expressed in my life. Sometimes my pride makes me think that I deserve your mercy more than “ a really bad Person”. But you saw me when I had nothing to offer you and you chose to love me. I say thank you for expressing your mercy to me today.
Father, Paul encourages me to offer my body to you. So today, I give you my mind, my thoughts. Help me not to judge others, help me be aware when my mind is beginning to worry, feel mistreated, or think in any way that doesn’t line up with your word. I give you my eyes. Let me to only look at that which is wholesome. Guard me from looking lustfully at another person. Father I give you ears. Help me to be able to hear your voice all day long. Keep me from participating in gossip, backbiting, and slander. Father I give you my mouth. Help me to remember that my words have the power of life and death. Just because I can say what I am thinking, doesn’t mean that I should. Help me to use words to build up and encourage those I live and work with. Father, I give you my hands and feet. Idle hands are not good. You have a purpose and plan for me today and my feet and hands will physically place me in that purpose. Even now, my feet brought me to the computer and my hands typed this message.
Help me today to walk in step with ALL that the Holy Spirit has purposed I pray all of these things in Jesus name