Making Your Case
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
If you ever hear a lawyer speak, whether they are prosecuting or defending, they try to make their case to their jury by asking questions and trying to appeal to logic and reasoning. They will let the judge and jury see any evidence gathered and make their case why they find the defendant guilty of the crime. On the defendant’s side, their lawyer will make their case on why their client should not be found guilty or at least to appeal to a lesser charge if the crime was committed.
Paul speaks as one who is also trying to appeal to our logic and reasoning. We see that Peter did the same on the day of Pentecost and we can also learn from their example as we share the gospel to others. We have the responsibility and the power to speak of our own convictions when sharing our faith to others who may not know the true God. In this specific case, he is appealing to the believers to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice and to life a life that is pleasing to God. Since we have received God’s mercy, our lives should be reflective of receiving this mercy.