Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1 NASB
And then… "be transformed by the renewing of your mind” v.2
Many believe that they can change the habits of the body, if they could just get a change of mind. And, it is true that the body does tend to follow where the mind goes. However...
It seems unusual but, once again God’s way is different than mans wisdom. He says, “present your body” first! Why? Well, for one, I can make up all kinds of excuses and reasons for not changing my habits. My heart [mind] is desperately sick. It has the ability to tell me the lies I like to hear and I will always believe them. But, my body never lies! It knows when something is not quite right!
I can say I have peace, but the tension in my body exposes the lie. I can say I have forgiven someone, but if my emotions flare up and I get a knot in my stomach when I see that person, my body just exposed the lie. I can say I don’t have any lust issues, but my body doesn’t lie. I can say I don’t need a diet, but my body doesn’t lie. OK! OK! Enough already!
Beloved… today… present your body as a living sacrifice to God. Don’t be afraid! You will always find mercy at His Throne! Then… tell Him what your body has been saying to you all along! That will be an honest prayer for help. What will happen next? The two of you will work on changing your mind… together!
Dear one… Mind your body!