Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1).
Spiritual worship has interestingly to do with the body. But how can my body be holy? I know that in me there is nothing good, that is in my flesh. Even my righteous acts are to God like filthy rags. So I’m left with the question: What can make my body holy and pleasing to God? There must be something that makes my body spiritual.
Believers are instructed to worship God by offering their bodies as living sacrifices. In the Old Testament, God accepted dead sacrifices; now He takes live ones. The value of both dead and live sacrifices is in the blood. Christ was the last of a long succession of blood sacrifices, killed on behalf those who sinned. Life was in His blood, poured out before God for our atonement. As one redeemed, I am alive because of that blood. I am not my own; I was bought at a price. I was buried with Him in baptism and now I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Without blood, my body dies. Without Christ’s blood, my spiritual life dies. In a sense, it is Christ’s blood that flows through my veins.
If the blood was valuable from a dead sacrifice poured out on the ground, how much more is it valuable for the living sacrifice still flowing in the veins. For in the living sacrifice, blood flows not only in veins, but also in the arteries and capilaries, going into every part of the body to bring oxygen and nutrients and to take away wastes and impurities. It is Christ’s blood that makes me holy and pleasing to God. His blood must be allowed access to every area of my life. I must surrender to God in every relationship, every dream, every word, every thought. Each time I do is an act of spiritual worship.
Lord, thank You for the picture of Your blood flowing through my veins, bringing life to every part of my body. Help me to invite Your blood into every area of my life to make me holy and pleasing to God. Let my life be a living sacrifice unto You, O Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.