“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your
bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual
// Romans 12:1
Since moving to NYC, I have spent time in cafes, restaurants and gyms, and it
seems to me ‘the body’ is a consistent topic of discussion in all of those places.
New Yorkers are much more aware of taking care of their bodies than people
back home. I have been challenged to realize areas in my own life where I need
About 4 months ago, I asked a mentor of mine, “If you were 26 again, what would
you do differently?” He answered confidently, “I’d take care of my body and be
more aware of my health”. We didn’t go into detail about this, but I began to take
inventory of my own life. While pondering the Temple Prøject, it hit me: our
bodies are temples where the power of the living God desires to dwell.
In the Old Covenant, the Spirit dwelled in the Temple and it held so much power
that only certain people were able to approach it. Jesus offered His body as a
living sacrifice, to fulfill the law and initiate another covenant. In the New
Covenant, the same powerful Holy Spirit, who had indwelled that temple, now
We are called to follow the example Jesus set of surrender – to offer not only our
souls, but also our bodies! A body that is devoted to God is truly a living sacrifice;
it is a living sacrifice because of the Spirit that dwells within it. This brings
passages such as Galatians 2:20 alive: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no
longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I
live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
When we begin to realize that God desires to dwell in our temple, it changes the
way we think, act, and worship. It enables us to dedicate every part of our being
to be an instrument for God to use.
There is no question that Romans 12:1 is a deep and life-changing passage. How
can you and I offer our bodies as an act of worship? What does it look like for my
body to be a temple of worship?
// LJ Slan