A Body He Has Prepared for You (Part 2)

Body 2

 

(Today’s devotional is a continuation of yesterday’s!)

“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book’” (Heb. 10:5-7, ESV)

“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” (Rom. 12:1, NIV).

Our body is the instrument through which our soul and our spirit operate. Our soul consists of our mind, will, and emotions. Our spirit is the core of us, the place where the Spirit of God has taken up residence and become one with us (1 Cor. 6:17). We can either be emotionally driven, or Spirit led; either way, our soul or our spirit will determine our behavior, and our body will carry it out. (The movie Inside Out does a marvelous job of illustrating how a human’s bodily actions can be driven entirely by emotions).

The more we grow into maturity in the Lord, the more His Spirit will direct our decisions, through our spirits. Consequently, we will increasingly learn to surrender our bodies to Him day to day. Rather than our arms, legs, hands, feet, and tongue reacting to emotional impulses, they will operate under the direction of Holy Spirit. This, according to Romans 12:1, is our spiritual act of worship. A life entirely yielded to Him is the best way to show Him our passionate devotion.

The body prepared for Jesus, according to our Hebrews passage, was written of in God’s book before He lived in it. Did you know that yours was written of in God’s book too? The Psalmist writes eloquently, “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Ps. 139:15-16, NIV).

Ahead of time, He saw the body He prepared for you. Ahead of time, He crafted and wrote down a fearfully, wonderfully made plan for every day that you would live in it. What an immense privilege, to daily offer our bodies to God for His purposes as Jesus offered up His!

Today, will you echo Jesus’ words? Will you say to your God in surrendered worship, “Daddy, here I am! You have written about me in Your book. I have come to do Your will!”?

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When we know that God has written about us in His book, how does that inform our daily living? Our mundane routines?

 

18 thoughts on “A Body He Has Prepared for You (Part 2)

  1. I try to remember to offer my body as a “living sacrifice” every morning, asking God to remove anything that is offensive to me, harmful to myself or another (contagious diseases, parasites, etc.) or a hindrance to my being able to do His will. I have found that I often feel better after this prayer than I did before, and have had a couple of surprises along the way – like going for an vision exam and finding out the cataracts that I was diagnosed with just sorta “went away.”… !

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing that, my sister. Your insight just blessed me and inspired my own prayer offered to Him just now. Your testimony strengthened my faith! I really like how He showed you to tie in healing prayer with the truth from Romans 12; I never saw that before! 🙂

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  2. It should serve as a telling reminder that He is watching us, and knows about our greatest moments– and those that aren’t so great. But it is always comforting to know that, no matter what we face, God is with us. I pray that we all maintain sense enough to realize it, and reach for Him.

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  3. Though my body be frail and up in years, I continue to offer this dwelling place of the Spirit up to the Father, daily they I may remain in obedience as Jesus did, while yet hanging on the cross. Amen. Len W

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  4. To answer your question, it makes everything we do for ourselves seem selfish. Yes we have to look out for ourselves, that is care, care is not PLEASURE and gratification.

    We come into the world as animals. Following every impulse, in other words bodily instinct, in order to grow beyond that, a man must look beyond himself and outwardly to others.

    Question : before I ask, I am not attempting to raise a debate, or contradict you, simply asking a question to learn what you think.

    You mention
    “Our soul consists of our mind, will, and emotions. Our spirit is the core of us, the place where the Spirit of God has taken up residence and become one with us ”

    I have felt, experienced over time, to me it seems like the mind is the physical brain, and the soul has its own mind that is immaterial and that they are distinct. It is like the mind of the soul is Gods Spirit which live in us. But then we have our physical barrier, vessel, the brain.

    Think of a coat. It cover us. U can’t see the bare skin. Its material composition hinders vision blocking light that reveals the truth – underneath. That is the physical brain. Its very material composition hinders us from seeing clearly the light of truth. Your thoughts?

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    1. Ben, it’s wonderful to hear from you! Thank you, sincerely, for taking the time to share your thoughts here. You are always welcome!

      Your observation is fascinating! I certainly can identify with the experience of feeling like something is hindering the full revelation of the light; I’m sure that we all experience that, this side of Heaven and perfection. As we behold Him, He moves us from glory to glory, and we see more and more of His light (2 Cor. 3).

      Again, thank you for sharing! His richest blessings to you today, and always!

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