Using Your Body with a Spiritual Gift

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When we serve or teach, exhort or give, lead or show compassion, we are offering a spiritual sacrifice to God as an act of priestly worship.

In Romans chapter 12, Paul the Apostle told us to submit our bodies to God as a sacrifice, a living one. Then he proceeded to tell those who offer their bodies that they are to use their bodies with a spiritual gift. It is striking that there are five sacrifices in the Old Testament, and five different spiritual sacrifices in the New Testament. And one of those five is the use of spiritual gifts.

6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;

 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;

 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

 (Romans 12:6-8)

The Christian must put together verse 12:1 where we have to present our body a living sacrifice and verses 6 to 8 that tell us to dedicate our bodies to using a particular spiritual gift. It is striking that this living sacrifice is the use of a spiritual gift in a ministry to God the Father. What this means is that when we serve or teach, exhort or give, lead or show compassion, we are offering a spiritual sacrifice to God as an act of priestly worship. God has to tell us what acts of worship are meaningful to him.

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