Reasonable Service

What’s reasonable and what’s unreasonable?

Let’s pretend that you went to the grocery store to pick up a loaf of bread. You grab a loaf wrapped in a clear plastic bag, and you take it up to the check-out stand.

The nice lady behind the cash register scans your purchase and the price flashes up on the screen in front of you: $1099.99.

You point to the price and, with a smile and a chuckle, you say to the cashier, “I think there may be a problem here.”

So she scans it again. Again, the screen says: $1099.99.

You say, “That can’t be right.” But she answers, “That’s what my computer says the price is.”

“Well,” you say, “You need to call your manager over.”

So she gets on the PA system. The manager comes and reviews everything for a moment, and says, “The price of this loaf of bread is $1099.99. That’s the price for all of our bread.”

Now, you’re faced with a choice. You can either pay over a thousand dollars for a loaf of bread, or you can go to another store.

If you’re like me, you’d leave that grocery store and never come back. Why? Because the price is outrageously unreasonable!

Of course, we were only pretending. Now, let’s get real. Think about this …

God has paid an outrageous price for you. He redeemed you with the precious blood of His one and only, perfect Son who He loves with all of His holy heart.

Considering what Jesus has done for us, what is our reasonable response? The Bible gives us this answer:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1, NKJV)

The Greek word translated “reasonable” is logiken. The word reminds of us logical, but the meaning of the word is actually broader. It can mean “reasonable,” “thoughtful,” or even “spiritual.” Paul is saying that, because of the mercy God and the sacrifice of Jesus, the only acceptable and reasonable response for us is to give ourselves over completely to Him.

Just as it would be unreasonable to pay hundreds of dollars for a few slices of bread, it’s unreasonable to offer Jesus less than all of yourself. He deserves your entire life, your whole heart, your best gifts, and your highest praise. It’s only reasonable!

Have a great day and keep moving forward!