Word from the Parish Minister's Desk

Rev Munyoroku

Rev. Jesse Munyoroku

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

In the first 11 chapters of the book of Romans, Paul expounds on the depths of God’s gracious mercies, purpose and plan for the redemption of humanity.

These mercies are the mercies of forgiveness of sins, justification by faith, peace with God, union with Christ, freedom from sin and the law, adoption as sons, possession of the Spirit, election to salvation, no separation from Christ’s love, inclusion of the Gentiles and the future salvation of Israel.

In light of all these mercies, Paul opens Romans chapter 12 by urging us to present our bodies as living sacrifices to God.

The Basis of our Service is the Mercies of God, (verse 1a). We must first see the glories of God’s Grace, before we can properly do our duties as Christians. It is only when the child of God meditates on the immeasurable mercies of God that he will be enabled by God’s grace to live the Christian life in a practical, God-honouring manner.

The Nature of our Service is Total Surrender, (verse 1b). Paul urges that we are to offer all we are as a continual living sacrifice to Him. God doesn’t just want your heart, He wants all of you! This is the meaning of the “body” in this passage. It is a reference to the totality of our being. A “living” sacrifice (not an animal killed to atone for our sins) a “holy” sacrifice (set apart to God), and it is an “acceptable” sacrifice (well-pleasing to God).