When someone mentions the word “reasonable”, I think it would be safe to say that most of us would have a good grasp of its meaning. For example, if I was to say it would be reasonable for someone from Philadelphia to have rooted for the Eagles last night in the Super Bowl, I’m sure we would all understand that I meant that it would only be sensible, rational or logical for that to be the case.
Our reading this morning also points out something that is reasonable. Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
Paul makes the statement that for a Christian to offer his or her body as a living sacrifice could only be defined as reasonable. In other words, it is a logical form of worship to the Lord for what He has done for us. Specifically, this would refer back to the teaching in chapter 11 in which Paul explains that the gospel has come to the Gentiles because of Israel’s general rejection of Jesus as the Messiah. So because God has offered salvation to the Gentiles (Romans) as well as the Jews, it is only reasonable that we offer our bodies as a living sacrifice.
Unfortunately, this often is not the case. My children attend a large Christian school and, as it would be the same just about anywhere else, for someone to be a sold-out, dedicated follower of Christ would certainly not be the norm. Instead, that person would stand out as unique, even “odd”. However, this is not the way God intended. It should be the norm for professing Christians to be distinct and ardent followers of Christ; having sacrificed ourselves and our desires to God and His will for our lives.
While for many this point of surrender can be specifically nailed to a time and place (whether at salvation or a dedication), I think of this idea of being a living sacrifice in many ways is more of a day by day or even moment by moment decision. So as we start this new week do I consider myself to be a living sacrifice for God’s glory and kingdom? Are you? Remember, it’s only reasonable!