Discipleship

Present Yourselves

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appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Romans 1: 21
 Ben Kwashi
By Ben Kwashi
Archbishop of Jos, Anglican Church of Nigeria

At an Arts Festival, various groups make their own “presentation”: the audience listens, watches and applauds (or not, as the case may be!). Each presentation differs according to the skills, the gifts, the abilities and the vision of the group concerned. What sort of presentation are you making to the world, and to God? Are you like a group of performers doing magic? Are you setting out something of more lasting value? What are you presenting to the people? The people can only interpret what you present. What kind of life are you living for people to see? What are you presenting to God? The presentation which the apostle calls us to make is that we present ourselves as a living sacrifice.  It is relatively easy to offer to God money or material goods. To do that does not affect the rest of your life: you can still continue as a first class crook! You may even offer to God two hours a week for the Sunday service, but the rest of your life may then continue to be filled with theft, gossip, anger and all kinds of sin. Paul, however, calls us to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice.