Thursday, June 14, 2018


Submitted by David Miller

Therefore, I urge you, 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.  Romans 12:1

The apostle Paul lived in an age when sensuality, the pursuit of pleasure, and rebellion against the Lord were prevalent.  Sounds extremely familiar, doesn’t it?  We live in the same type of society today.  We are surrounded by things that tempt us and challenge our very beliefs about who Christ really is and compels us to compromise for the sake of compromising on our beliefs.  This is not any different than what the Apostle Paul was having to face.  After all, he was the one directly responsible for the persecution and punishment of any person that claimed to have a personal relationship with a man named Jesus.  Of course, that is until that one day on his way to Damascus.

After his life changing encounter with a heart changing Christ, Paul knew that he would be closely watched by those who used to be his friends.  They were going to be watching, just like countless others to see if this new-found faith of his was real.  Did it really change him?  In the bible we learn that not only did it change him, it radically changed him.  So in response to the culture and the society, he wrote letters urging Christians not to follow in the ways of the world.

Like those early believers, we are to pursue godliness by...

Presenting our bodies to God. Our total being, mind, will, physical body, personality, and emotions—are to be turned over to our heavenly Father. (James 4:7, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”).  Submitting ourselves to the Lord requires both a definite decision to give Him control and a daily commitment to remain under His authority. By surrendering to Him, we position ourselves for godly living.

Becoming living sacrifices. The Christian life is built around the concept of sacrifice. Jesus left the perfection of heaven to dwell among a sinful people so He might reconcile us to God. He offered up His life for our sake—to make payment for our sins and to bring us into His family.  (1 John 3:16, “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren”).  As believers, we are to follow His example. Paul called it a living sacrifice, because it is ongoing and repeated daily.

Life is full of options. Many decisions involve a choice between following God’s way or our own. Maturing Christians will increasingly sacrifice their own desires and embrace His will.

A life of godliness is characterized by a heart and mind bent toward the things of God. Although we will live imperfectly, our aim should be to obey His will and please Him. Let’s commit to becoming more like Jesus, the one who willingly gave Himself as a sacrifice for us.

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