Key Bible Verse: Present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. (Romans 6:13, ESV)

Dig Deeper: Romans 6:5-14

It’s worth pointing out that awareness of the body is good, but it is not sufficiently Christian. It can easily lead to a sense of self-indulgence, wherein our happiness depends upon the particular feelings of our bodies, or a hyperactive desire to sculpt the body. Or it can become a means of manipulating others, as we become attuned to how our bodies affect the world. A holy attentiveness wherein we present the body as a “living sacrifice” and the members as “instruments of righteousness” has a defined shape – namely, a cross, wherein we give ourselves to others.

The calling of our lives is to discern the way the cross intersects with our daily lives. An [authentic] spirituality is not oriented around the feelings of bodily health that we gain, but around a life of self-giving to others, a life wherein our bodies become signs of the love of God in the world. God gives the pattern of worship in the temple, instructing the Israelites how to respond to him in gratitude for his merciful grace. In a similar way, we are called to “take up [our] crosses,” to “die daily,” and to “fellowship with the sufferings of Christ” in order that we too might attain to the resurrection from the dead.

– Matthew Lee Anderson in Earthen Vessels

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