Romans 12:1 (NET) ...I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice - alive, holy, and pleasing to God - which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:1 (HCS) ...by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.
God's amazing Mercy is the basis of this command. Jesus died paying the price for ALL my wickedness from my sinful thoughts, to my twisted motives, my harmful words, to ALL my sin-filled actions. Though I have earned condemnation I was offered Forgiveness. My response should be to GIVE myself to God each and every day. If I do it can be one of the ways I worship God. MacDonald said it this way: “...as believer-priests, we do not come to God with the bodies of slain animals but with the spiritual sacrifice of yielded, SURRENDERED lives." Watts expressed it this way: "Love so amazing, so divine, demands my heart, my life, my ALL.”
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your extravagant, lavish Mercy. You have forgiven the unforgivable in me, thank You. Please Lord God I offer myself to You today as a sacrifice that is ALIVE, a sacrifice that is on-going. May I be pleasing to You today. Please accept my offering of myself as an act of worship.