“I appeal to you … to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (v1). The sacrifices offered on the altar in Jerusalem pointed toward the kind of worship God wants from us. He saves us so that we can glorify Him by fulfilling His original purpose in creating us: to live God-honoring lives characterized by “what is good, acceptable, and perfect” (v2). This means using our gifts for the benefit of one another, living in harmony (v16), and “overcoming evil with good” (v21).
No longer conformed to the world or overcome by sin (v2,21), we honor Christ by our transformed lives, marked by humility and love (v10).