"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."
Having served in the United States Marine Corps for nearly 30 years, I have put my body through a lot of stress and work. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning we would get in formation at 0530 for about one and a half hours of physical exercise. We would do pushups, crunches, and various other exercises followed by a unit run of varying distances. I would always be tired, sweaty, and dirty at the end, but I always felt better later in the morning.
On November 21, 2010 one Marine truly gave his body to save the life of another Marine in Afghanistan. Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter rushed over to cover a grenade that had been thrown onto the rooftop by Taliban insurgents where he and his buddy, Lance Corporal Nicholas Eufrazio, were manning a rooftop security position. The grenade detonated and the blast seat was directly next to Cpl Carpenter’s body.
According to witnesses, “Carpenter suffered severe injuries from the blast. Much of his jaw was rebuilt and he lost his right eye; he sustained countless shattered bones throughout his body and a collapsed right lung.” Amazingly, he received life-saving medical treatment and is alive today. On June 19, 2014 Cpl Carpenter was awarded our nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, for his selfless and courageous actions that saved the lives of others.
God may never require such a dramatic sacrifice of our bodies to worship him but I think the unselfish heart condition that Cpl Carpenter demonstrated is very similar to what God wants us to exhibit as one way of worshiping him. How can we not if we consider the magnitude of sacrifice that Jesus showed when he was crucified for you and me?
For us it may be something as seemingly insignificant as not having a beer when you are out with people who know you are a Christian if they might be offended by it. It could even be committing to help out at a community service project on a weekend. I encourage you to pray and ask God to reveal ways that you can offer your body to him.