A PARTICULAR SACRIFICE
There is a sacrifice that God calls for. And His expectation is that men lead the way in offering it:
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that you present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable to God,
which is your reasonable service.
And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove what is that good and acceptable
and perfect will of God,"
This appeal is made "by the mercies of God". Mercy is at the heart of the grace of God by which Believers can be sure that sacrifices offered in Jesus' name will be accepted.
This sacrifice of presenting one's body to God and its bodily activities means practising the understandings that are symbolised by immersion in water.
Some of these great immersional understandings are set out Romans 6'3-14. The Believer's whole body disappearing in total immersion signifies the total death and burial of the old nature that was unacceptable to God.
That done, the Believer is lifted up out of the water by another Believer. The symbolism is that, by the Holy Spirit, a Believer emerges from the new birth renewed to begin living in newness of life.
And there's always great blessing in being reminded of the understandings:
"... do you not know that as many of us as were immersed into Christ Jesus were immersed into His death?
Therefore we were buried with Him through immersion into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
For he who has died has been freed from sin.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace".
Believers are privileged to have these Kingdom understandings to activated in our daily lives.
Where do Believers make this once in a lifetime sacrifice of presenting their bodies to God? Where does a Believer go to their heavenly Father to offer Him this sacrifice?
Jesus said: "... when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place," Matthew 6'6.
Also Paul said: "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," Ephesians 3'14.
Take time. Meditate on Romans 12'1-2. Talk with your heavenly Father and tell Him you want to do His will. Present the members of your body to Him in Jesus' name.
And then walk in the newness of Christ and the Kingdom every day.