Reflection on Romans 12:1-8


I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.


Paul appeals to us to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice. Instead of conforming to the world we should allow God to transform our minds.

We belong to one another in the one body of Christ and so we should not think too highly of ourselves. We all have spiritual gifts so we should use those gifts to serve one another according to the grace God has given us.


The gifts listed in vs 7,8 are often referred to as motivational gifts because when we are surrendered to Christ these gifts motivate our service for the church. We all have one or more of these gifts and we should make every effort to discover our motivational gifts.

As always, Paul lists the gifts of the Spirit in the context of the Body. Our gifts are there to edify the church, to help others discover the grace of Jesus Christ. They are not given for the lifting up of the giver but for the service of the church in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Understanding that we belong to a Body of believers, to a community of faith, is essential to our growth in Christ.


Father, show me how to serve you today. I lay myself- body, mind and spirit- before you to serve you and your people. Amen.


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