LIVING SACRIFICES

“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 
worship.” 
 

// 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 
to improve. 
 
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 
indwells us. 
 
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