Hands that serve, a mouth that speaks, a mind that thinks… every part of your body can be used either to serve sin or serve Jesus.
Naturally speaking, we all come into this world with bodies that serve self and sin. None of us are exempt. But when you meet Jesus and he saves you, you become a new creature. As I wrote in a previous devotional, when you step into a relationship with Jesus, you step into a new life and you are now dead to sin.
The Apostle Paul wrote, now that you are dead to sin and now that you are alive in Christ…
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
~ Romans 6:13 NIV
You get to make a choice, every day of the rest of your life. You’ve been set free. You’ve been made brand new. The rest of your life has been entrusted to you so that you can use it to make a difference for eternity. Now that all of that is true, what will you do with your body?
You can offer your body as an instrument of wickedness, speaking and doing things that are contrary to God’s will. Or you can offer your body as an instrument of righteousness.
I encourage every believer to pray a prayer, at least daily, offering your bodies to God, thinking through the parts of your body that have a tendency to do good or to do evil.
Dear God, use my body today for your purposes… Use my mind to think godly thoughts. Use my hands to serve others on your behalf. Use my mouth to speak life and blessing over others. Use my eyes to see the needs of people around me. Use all of my faculties for good and holy purposes. I’m yours. I offer myself to you. Use me however you will, God!
As Paul would later write in the same letter:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
~ Romans 12:1 NIV