“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

Through the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, I repeatedly presented my broken body to God, asking Him to use me, all of me, for His glory. I wanted to be that living and holy sacrifice. But sacrifices in the Old Testament were supposed to be perfect, unblemished.

I forgot that I was not of this world; instead, I was conforming to the world’s standards, defining myself by the limitations of the pain of fibromyalgia, forgetting that I was not of this world, but a sojourner on my way to heaven, on my way to a new body.

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! … For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36

These verses precede Romans 12:1-2 and set the stage for the sacrifice. If only I had thought to read Romans 11:33-36 before I meditated on Romans 12:1-2, I would have recognized that I could only present my body as a living sacrifice through the riches of His wisdom and knowledge, for the sacrifice is only made possible “from Him and through Him and to Him.”

When God healed me from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, I began to understand that presenting my body as a living sacrifice as my spiritual service of worship is a day-by-day process only possible through the Holy Spirit.

My prayer for you:

Heavenly Father, bless this dear reader with the knowledge of the depth of Your riches of wisdom and knowledge, and renew this dear reader’s mind proving what Your will is. We give You the glory forever. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Pain as a living and holy sacrifice?

  1. Hello Karen,
    Good word…. In Christ we are now holy and acceptable despite physical or emotional struggles. You might clarify that you don’t have to be in perfect health to be a perfect sacrifice acceptable to the Lord.
    Blessings, Pastor Chris
    PS. Praying that your trip goes well

    1. Pastor Chris,

      Yes, I meant that in Christ, we are now seen as perfect, even though we don’t see ourselves as perfect. We are seeing ourselves through the flesh and not through God’s eyes. That makes all the difference, doesn’t it? God is so gracious!

      We just returned from India and has a very enlightening time. I will be writing about our experiences. Sweet people, many disparities, many just trying to survive, much to do for God’s kingdom.


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