A Body He Has Prepared for You (Part 1)

Body Prepared

“So when he came into the world, he said, ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me… Then I said, “Here I am: I have come – it is written of me in the scroll of the book – to do your will, O God” (Heb. 10:5-7, NET).

The Father prepared for Jesus. A body prepared from birth as a sacrifice.

And now God calls us to live the same way: “Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice…” (Rom. 12:1a, NET).

God has prepared a body for you too. It’s the one you’re living in. Through the book of Romans, He calls us to present our bodies to Him as a sacrifice, a living sacrifice, “alive, holy, and pleasing to God” (v. 1b). It pleases God when we surrender our bodies to Him. But what does this mean, in practical terms?

He fashioned our bodies to be the vehicle through which to live our lives on the earth. Therefore, offering Him our bodies means to offer Him the entirety of our earthly lives. It means that we offer to Him everything that our hands will ever do, everything our eyes will ever look at, and everywhere our feet will ever walk. We hand over to Him all twenty-four hours of each of our days for His management and direction. We make ourselves completely His.

In the wretched moment when Saul lost his place as king, the prophet Samuel exhorted him with these words: “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams” (1 Sam. 15:22, NLT).

Saul had supposedly set some animals aside to sacrifice to God. However, God did not have his heart. When Jesus presented His own body to the Father for sacrifice, the exact opposite was true. He was yielded in perfect submission to God. Against the agonized voice of His soul, He gasped, “Not My will, but Yours be done.”

Tragically, there are individuals who are showing up to church week after week, but have never had their hearts overtaken by Jesus’ love and lordship. The Bible describes them in this way: “These people worship me with their mouths and honor me with their lips. But their hearts are far from me…” (Isa. 29:13, GWT).

Let it not be said of us! Let’s take a moment before the Lord and ask Holy Spirit to examine our hearts. He loves us so deeply, so achingly, so jealously! Is there an area of our lives that we need to yield to Him in order to enter into His glorious freedom? Beyond the sacrifice of our Sunday mornings and whatever else we give Him, does He have our hearts? Have we made ourselves completely and entirely and utterly His?

(Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow!)

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How do we give our whole schedule to Jesus, the entirety of our lives, if we are called to live many of our hours in the secular arena?

20 thoughts on “A Body He Has Prepared for You (Part 1)

  1. The “secular arena” can be taxing on any believer. A key, I believe, is how we begin each day. It’s critically important to our well-being to spend time with Jesus before we get into whatever the day holds for us. This puts us in a more peaceful mindset come what may, and reminds us that, again come what may, we’re just passing through this life toward something greater. — Mike

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  2. Mike, I so agree. As we open our eyes in thanksgiving for another day to Glorify our Father and be used of Him to draw others to Christ, our agenda is set in motion. I call out, Lord, orchestrate my day that it be pleasing to You, that my thoughts, words and actions reflect the heart of Jesus. Touch the souls of those whose paths I cross. Yes, Lord, that all I achieve is first for the kingdom and then for blessing to many. Amen. Len

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  3. The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) has focused its mission on equipping Christians to minister to secular culture such as the workplace. It is a mindset that treats secular places like our work as a mission field. One emphasis is whole life discipleship — recognizing that God is very much at work in your everyday life. They have many great resources at https://www.licc.org.uk/

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  4. Jennifer, thanks for sharing your thoughts and the Word. Amazingly, last night my church group was discussing Romans 12:1-2. We, too, struggled with following the Christian faith in a secular world. Sometimes we are sternly tested, but we rely on our relationship with our Father to help us navigate around the land mines. When we do stumble, and we will, Jesus walks with us and is prepared to hear words of repentance.

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    1. Wow, how I love the way Holy Spirit does that! This morning He did something similar for me. I quoted 2 Cor 5:17 to my best friend, and then about an hour and a half later, we drove by a billboard, and it had that verse on it. He is so good, so loving, so generous in the way He confirms His word to us! Sounds like you had a wonderful discussion with your church group. I’m so glad He is right there to help us and make us even stronger after we stumble!

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  5. Thank you and thank you for the comments. One thing I now do spiritually is to clothe this frail, elderly earthly body with the armour of God before I even get out of bed. By faith I take the words of Ephesians 4 and without saying them simply put on the armour just like I do my coat. May each one face the new days of our lives with gratitude for the bodies God has given us and the certainty that this Earth is not our final home. Blessings and Grace to you all.

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