Romans 12:1, says “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.”
What is mercy? Mercy is not getting the punishment that we truly deserve. Because we have sinned, you and I deserve eternal damnation in hell; but God’s mercy keeps us from hell, while his grace has provided eternal privilege in heaven with him if we will repent and receive the sacrifice that Jesus paid for us. “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not” (Lamentations 3:22). “He hath not dealt with us after our sins… For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him” (Psalm 103:10, 11). “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…” (Titus 3:5). The Psalmist tells us that God’s mercy endures forever.
God’s Word pleads with us to be a living sacrifice (to serve, to give, and to live this life) unto our Lord. God’s will is for us to live this life preparing to serve him for eternity. Have you presented yourself to him? If not, how about now?