In the Hebrew mindset, the body, the soul, and the mind were all intertwined. The relational part of your life, the intellectual part of your life, the spiritual part of your life, and the physical part of your life all work together. So when he says, give your bodies to God, he is saying give all your life to God. The first step to change is surrender; that one time surrender called salvation where I say: God I give up. I am tired of going down the track that I have chosen. I want your track instead and I need you to get me to Heaven one day because I cannot do it. I need your forgiveness and I receive the gift of your death upon the cross and your shed blood, and I ask you to come into my life. I surrender my life to you.” That is salvation. But, once you receive Christ in your life, if you are a Christ follower, there is a daily surrender that you go through where you give God your life. Every day you say: God, I give you my time today. Just help me be a good steward of the time that you have given me. And God, I give you my body today. Show me what I am to put into my body. It is really your body. And God, I give you my schedule. I give you my finances. Show me how to spend my time, how to spend my money because it is really all yours. And so there is this daily surrender that takes place, and surrender is the first step to really changing. That is why I like Romans 12:1 in the message paraphrase. It says:
“So Here is what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life–your sleeping, eating, going-to-work and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.
Now in our western mindset, which comes mostly from Greek thought, we like to compartmentalize things. We like to say: Here is the physical side of my life, and here is the spiritual side of my life, and they are in two different compartments. Here is the relational part of my life. Here is the financial part of my life. Here is the intellectual part of my life, but really that is not the way you are created. We are all intertwined together—body, soul, mind, spirit—all together, and that is what the Bible teaches, and so when He says give your body He means that we are to give our entire life. That is so important to God.
Why is it important to God that we commit our physical bodies to Him? In I Corinthians 6:19 it says:
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
If you are a Christ follower, your body is really the temple of God. It is God’s house. Literally, the Holy Spirit of God indwells your body. If you are a Christ follower, the Holy Spirit of God lives inside you, so we are to honor God with our bodies because our bodies are not our own. He bought our body with a price, the price of His blood, and He literally lives inside us. He indwells us. He created our bodies. He indwells our bodies. He once wore the human body, so the body is important to God, and we are to commit our bodies to Him. It is God’s power that gives us what we need to make real and lasting change with a new internal motivation. How can you commit your body to God today and utilize the internal motivation He’s given you?