“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son.” [John 3:16, The MSG].
The greatest gift God could have ever given to mankind was to give of Himself, and He gave, compelled by His great love for us. It was His giving that proved His love for us, because “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” [Romans 5:8, KJV]. This is the best demonstration of true love, and if we are to measure our love for God by this standard, then we must ask ourselves, what have we given to God as a result of our love for Him and what more do we have to give?
Often when we think of what we can to give to God, we first think of the things we may or may not posses. Yet, when it comes to the best you could ever give to God, He wants you. Yes, you. The Lord wants you with your imperfections and human frailties, because He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. When it comes to you, God is not looking at your earthen vessel, but rather He is looking at the treasure you have inside. That is why the Apostle Paul said “But we have this precious treasure [the good news about salvation] in [unworthy] earthen vessels [of human frailty], so that the grandeur and surpassing greatness of the power will be [shown to be] from God [His sufficiency] and not from ourselves.” [2 Corinthians 4:7, AMP]. Isn’t it amazing how God sees us; as people carrying something so precious, even though on the outside we may not be counted for much. Once you become born again, you are no longer ordinary because you were born of the Word of God, and it is the same Word of which you have been born, which has the power to save men [Romans 1:16]. Therefore, you carry inside of you that which is able to save men from eternal damnation and reconcile them back to God.
When it comes to offering yourself, the first step is to offer your body which contains the treasure. The Great Apostle puts it this way, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” [Romans 12:1, KJV]. Your body is the conduit through which your spirit (the real you) operates and demonstrates that precious treasure inside of you. Your body no longer belongs to you, but to the Lord because the Holy Spirit resides in you. Yet, you demonstrate your love for Him by yielding your body as an instrument and vessel to the Lord, and not to sin. Consequently, your fingers become the Master’s fingers, your eyes; the Master’s eyes, your mouth; the Master’s mouth, you ears; the Master’s ears, etc. This is to demonstrate that the excellency of the power which resides is of God and not of us.
You can therefore no longer live anyway you choose because you understand that your body is no longer your own and should be subject to the Holy Spirit. Afterall, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Simply put “That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.” [Romans 6:12-14, The MSG]. How we conduct ourselves through our bodies is a reflection of who we are subject to; the Holy Spirit who dwells in us or to sin, which has been defeated by Jesus.
We are letters of God to our world; love letters telling them God is reconciling men to Himself through Christ. Men are reading us everywhere, but how we choose to conduct ourselves in our bodies would make them see that love being exuded so mightily through us or not. It is on this wise that Apostle Paul said “Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside” [1 Corinthians 9:27, TLB]. If we truly love the Master, then no price is big enough to pay to keep our bodies under subjection, so we can run this race effectively. If we truly love the Lord, then offering our bodies as a living sacrifice would be a great joy, knowing that for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.