Have you ever thought about the power of your presentation? I am not just talking about how you dress, act, or speak, but instead the volitional act of giving oneself over to the Lord. Romans 6:12-13a says it this way:
‘Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires, and do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness…’
Here Paul is talking about the power of presentation. As a believer, we can choose to present our bodies to a defeated master – sin. Sin is ready and willing to resume its reign in our life. Worship and spiritual living is a matter of choice. We can present our bodies to be used of sin (our old master), or to be used of God (our new master). Romans 6:13b continues, “BUT present yourself to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness”.
Romans 12:1-2 demonstrates the same idea and usage of the verb ‘to present’. Here, Paul says ‘Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice, alive, holy, and pleasing to the Lord, which is your reasonable service.’ Because sin has been defeated by Christ, we have been set free from its mastery. We have a choice – we can serve sin or serve the Lord.
The power of presentation is true consecration. Like Paul, I encourage you to present your bodies to the Lord. As you present your body to the Lord, you will find yourself being used as an instrument of righteousness rather than unrighteousness; walking with God instead of suffering under the rule of sin, which is an old, defeated master.