“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)
A common mistake many of us make in the Christian life is to separate our physical and spiritual lives as if they were two separate and unrelated experiences. The only time that happens is when the spirit leaves the body and that’s death. And, if that’s the case, you’re probably not reading this.
In New Testament times there were two extreme groups of thought. One group said only the spirit is good and the body is evil so it didn’t matter what you did with the body. This idea allowed them to indulge in all kinds of sin with their body. The other group denied their bodies any pleasures thinking that would make them more spiritual. As you read this passage in your Lectio Divina, ask yourself what God is saying to you about your physical and spiritual life. Then read it out loud again and ask God what He wants you to do because of what you’ve read.
Worship involves our physical and spiritual being. Offering God your body is an act of worship. Transformation is from the inside out. It happens as God renews our mind daily with His Word. As you read the verse again, claim the benefits God offers you when you act upon this verse. You are learning to know God’s will for you! Great job!