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be ye transformed by the renewing of your   ing the building of the temple was, “Arise
        mind” (12:1-2). He is really speaking here   therefore, and be doing, and the LORD
        of consecration.                      be with thee.” To the leaders in Israel he
          The idea presented here is not that of   said, “Now set your heart and your soul to
        laying down our lives in death for the sake   seek the LORD your God; arise therefore,
        of the Lord Jesus, although we ought to   and build … ” (1Ch 22:16,19). Later, when
        be ready to do that at any given moment,   there was a call to rebuild the temple,
        because He gave Himself for us. Paul said   Nehemiah said, “The God of heaven, he
        regarding the persecution he suffered for   will prosper us; therefore we his servants
        the sake of the Lord Jesus in the spread   will arise and build” (Neh 2:20).
        of the gospel, “But none of these things   In all that we do, it is important to do
        move me, neither count I my life dear unto   it “heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto
        myself, so that I might finish my course   men” (Col 3:23).   In the next verse of that
        with joy, and the ministry, which I have   chapter, Paul reminds us that it is from the
        received of the Lord” (Act 20:24). Later   Lord Himself that we receive any reward:
        he confessed, “I am ready not to be bound   “Ye serve the Lord Christ” (v24).
        only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the
                                                Dear child of God, are you prepared to
        name of the Lord Jesus” (21:13).      yield yourself in total surrender to Christ?
          But in Romans 12, it is more the idea   To think that He loved us and gave Him-
        of living for Christ. The thought is that   self for us, shed His precious blood that
        our lives would be lived in such a way so   we might be redeemed and reconciled
        that there will be a continual ascending   to God, is more than words can express.
        of devotion and service to the Lord. The   Then to think that He deigns to use us in
        law of the burnt offering was, “The fire
        shall ever be burning upon the altar; it   any way ought to motivate us to serve
        shall never go out” (Lev 6:13). The life of   Him wholeheartedly in true devotion.
        the Lord Jesus is the perfect example of the   From the moment of his conversion
        burnt offering, a life lived wholly for God.     on the Damascus road, the attitude of
          The expression “present your bodies”   the apostle Paul was, “Lord, what wilt
        is the same as is found in chapter 6 of   thou have me to do?” (Act 9:6). From the
        the book of Romans, where Paul exhorts,   Roman prison he wrote, “Christ shall be
        “Yield yourselves unto God, as those   magnified in my body, whether it be by
        that are alive from the dead, and your   life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ,
        members as instruments of righteousness   and to die is gain” (Php 1:20,21).
        unto God” (v13). It is interesting to see   Might you and I, by the grace of God,
        this exhortation before there is a mention   like the Hebrew servant whose ear was
        of the diversity and distribution of gifts.   pierced to show his loyalty to his master,
        This tells us that consecration, a yielding   say, “I love my master, my wife, and my
        of our lives in total surrender, is absolutely   children; I will not go out free” (Exo 21:5).
        necessary before we can begin serving the   Let us ever seek to follow the path of the
        Lord in any capacity.                 obedient Servant Son, who could say,
          We can all do something in service for   “Mine ears hast thou opened …. I delight
        the Lord, whether we think it large or   to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is
        small. David’s charge to Solomon concern-  within my heart” (Psa 40:6,8).

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