In our last visit we considered what Paul meant in 1 Corinthians 9:19 when he declared, “I make myself a slave to everyone.” Let’s continue that study by noting what Paul says in Romans 12:1 in the KJV, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
When you consider all that God has done for you it is the most reasonable thing for you to unreservedly present your body to God to be His bondslave. Paul was free to do what Demas did when he deserted Paul and God’s service because of his love for the world. But he didn’t. Paul presented his body as a living sacrifice to serve God and others.
When you make this decision you’ll face opposition and enticements from the world. That’s why Paul said in Romans 12:2 in the Philips translation, “Don’t allow yourself to be pushed into the mold of the world.” Rather, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
This means, when you are tempted to follow the world’s mantra, “Do it for yourself,” remind yourself that you have surrendered to God and belong to Him. Trust Him to enable you to live in a way that is worthy of your calling as a bondslave.
What does that look like? Serve others. Meet their needs. Don’t get weary in doing good, but as you have opportunity, do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:9-10. We’re to impact those in our sphere of influence by doing good.