I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service – Romans 12:1
Why does God require us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice? It’s because He lives in your body. Your body is the temple of God; that’s where He lives: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). If your body isn’t presented to Him, He can’t use it and the temple that He doesn’t live in is an ordinary building; it’s empty and void of glory.
Now, God is everywhere, but His manifested presence isn’t everywhere. Just like electricity; when there’s electrical power in a building, it doesn’t function everywhere in the building. The electrical appliances won’t function just because they’re in the building; they’ll have to be plugged into the power source. In the same vein, your physical body has to be yielded or submitted to God for Him to “perambulate” in you, as it were. This is the idea Paul gives us in 2 Corinthians 6:16; it says, “…for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them….”
“Walk” in the underlined phrase is the Greek word “emperipateo,” which means “to perambulate”; to walk up and down the bounds of a property in a supervisory manner. God, through the Holy Spirit, perambulates in your body to keep it perfect against intruders, such as sickness, disease and infirmities; that’s part of His work and ministry in your life, so give Him the liberty. Be yielded to Him to minister in you.
God needs you; He wants to talk through you, look through your eyes, walk in, and through you, and bless the world through you. He needs your body. He wants yielded vessels. The more you’re yielded to Him, the more He’ll be revealed in you. Let Him work through you, and carry out His divine plans through you.
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Confession (Faith’s proclamation)
Every fibre of my being is fully yielded to the Lord to carry out His divine plans through me! I’m His living tabernacle! He talks through me, moves through me, and expresses His love and righteousness through me! My spirit, soul, and body are sanctified for His sacred use, and His glory is revealed more and more in me today and always, in Jesus’ Name.
Further Study: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; John 14:16-17