From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

““In Romans 12: 9 – 21, Paul describes further The Disciples’ Balancing Act. Paul speaks to a disciple’s internal orientation, how he/she manages himself, his own spirit, his inner man and, manifestly, his relationship to God; his relationship to others in the body of Christ, and even to those who are outside the body of Christ. Disciples are herein first urged “to present your bodies to God as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship”. Here the Scriptures confirm what God said in the first four of the Ten Commandments: our first order priority is our relationship to God. But wait! ‘Living’ sacrifice? How can this be? Sacrifices by definition are dead. If we disciples are to be sacrifices, should we “deliver our bodies to be burned” to honor God? And how does a “sacrifice” live? This is a spiritual paradox that does not make sense in the natural. However, it is the essence of truth and speaks clearly to what is really true worship.””

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