Romans 12:1 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.
Paul’s letter to the Romans has been called the “gateway to the Bible.” This book is a very clear presentation of the gospel in chapters 1-11, so when Paul takes that gospel presentation and then says, “therefore…” in Romans 12:1, we should realize the weight of that. He’s building everything he’s about to say on that fact that sinners are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection.
As the letter to the Romans unfolds, you’ll see God’s wrath, our sin, His way out for us, our adoption into His family, and the fact that nothing can ever separate us from His love that He poured out in Jesus.
Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Paul’s saying that everything is for Jesus and because of Jesus and about Jesus. Jesus is the reason for every season. So in light of THAT, “therefore, this is how I want you to respond” is what he is saying.
The word “present,” as in “present your bodies” is an action word, and it’s THE action word in this passage. Romans 12 verse 2 says, “be transformed.” That’s passive. We’re not the ones doing the transforming in ourselves. God is doing that work. Our role is to submit. To present ourselves. Submitting ourselves to Him pleases Him and brings about a transformation that we could never accomplish on our own. Until we’ve made that move, transformation can’t happen.
Many times the reason why we fail to change is because we’re trying to do it on our own instead of letting God take care of the transformation. Failure to prepare leaves us unchanged. Have you given yourself over to the Lord for Him to transform you?