I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:1 (KJV)
As we present the temple of our body a living sacrifice unto God, may we remember continually that our purpose here on this earth is to be the very vessels and instruments through which Jesus may unfold His ministry. Presenting our bodies a living sacrifice means that we understand we are literally being called to be the hands and the feet of Jesus. We recognize the beauty of committing all our activities unto Him, of making everything we do in word and deed an offering unto our Lord. Today, may we have the grace to be more mindful of this; and in so doing, let us rejoice that we have been called to live lives of such joyous service unto a glorious and magnificent God.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
Jesus is telling us that we do not need to bear the burdens and responsibilities of day to day life by ourselves. He is inviting us to come unto Him, and to bring Him into every area of our lives. As we accept this invitation, we find a rest that fills our soul; there is a calm that enters into our heart, regardless of whether we find ourselves in the valley or on the mountaintop. We know that wisdom is available to us every step along the way, that all things are working together for our good, and that the Lord is faithfully leading us into all that He has called us to be.
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
John 6:63 (KJV)
The Word of God is spirit and it is life. The Word is the spiritual food for our born again spirit. The more that we meditate on the Word and get it down into our spirit, the stronger and more alive our spirit becomes. In other words, when our inner person is fully fed and nourished by the Word of God, we will find ourselves living more out of who we are in Christ than out of who we used to be in the flesh. And so one of the most important things for us to do is to daily feed our born again spirit so that it may be strengthened, enabling us to grow in our walk with the Lord, and to truly become receptive and available to all that Jesus intends to do in us and through us.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:1-2 (KJV)
We are risen with Christ. This is describing the spiritual reality of every born again believer. Through union with the Holy Spirit, our inner person, our spirit, has been born again. Spiritually speaking we have passed from death to life. Now in order for us to live out of who we are in Christ—spiritually alive, blessed, redeemed, equipped, empowered and anointed—we must make a shift in our thinking. The Bible tells us we must set our affection on the things above, not on the things of the earth. In other words, we must begin to contemplate heavenly things rather than earthly things. And so let us reflect on and meditate on the Word of God rather than the word of man. Meditating on the Word is what allows it to take root in our hearts. And once we have the Word in our hearts, we may rest assured that it will yield a rich harvest in our lives.