Too often the world around us sets our agendas for what we value: status, wealth, convenience, sex, honor, and so forth. Worldliness takes different forms in different cultures. Voters expect them to work for or against our special interest groups.
But Jesus is not our president; he is our Lord. We have often reduced God to a means to give us what we want, instead of considering how we may serve God.
What we choose to meditate on, what we deliberately fill our minds with, will be what shapes our understanding of our identity, mission and activity in this world. If we use our free time to imbibe more deeply the values of the present world, we will inevitably conform to those values.
We are called to something else now. We are called to live a life that reflects Christ in every way.
We are called to now live a life that is committed and dedicated to glorifying God. We are called to be living sacrifices to God. In the Old Testament we see that the Jews would sacrifice animals to God but now we are to sacrifice ourselves.
We are to be living sacrifices for God. We are now to live our lives in every way for God. Everything we do, everything we have, our abilities, our wealth, everything that is given to us by God which is everything, is in return to be used to bring God glory and to further His kingdom. These next five chapters are going to help us as Christians apply the Christian walk to our lives.
Commentary on Romans Freedom from death () It's like Paul is saying at the beginning of Romans 12, "Since God has given such Given the following context, in which Paul describes different roles within the body of. In fact, in extra-biblical literature, rational worship is connected with moral behavior. In the context of Romans 12, this makes sense. The full-bodied worship for.
These are instructional chapters on who we should be as Christians. Chapter twelve starts with the word therefore. Therefore meaning now that you understand these things in which I have instructed you about in the last eleven chapters, therefore now what are you going to do about it? We start off in verse one with Paul telling us that we as Christians are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices. He says bodies that are holy and pleasing to God. So what does that mean to us?
We are to keep in mind that our bodies are now Gods and we must not use them for things that are sinful. Verse one tells us to give our bodies in a holy manner that is pleasing to God.
Lust of the eyes, sex outside of marriage, committing physical harm to others. We are to use our bodies for things that will bring glory to God. Serving the church, working and being productive, spreading of the gospel of Jesus. In a more general sense it is devoting ourselves in everyway to serving and giving back to God for His mercy to us.
Remember that we are now vessels for the Holy Spirit, God is within us and we do not want to subject God to our sin. God wants pure and holy sacrifices. If we say that we are Christians then God expects us to act like Christians, to act like Christ. Not in perfection but to the best of our abilities both in heart and mind.
But what are we really sacrificing?
All we are sacrificing is our natural desire to sin. I thought man that is perfect, that is exactly it, we are surrendering ourselves to God, we are devoting our selves to God, that is our sacrifice to Him. Sermon Topics: Bible Influence.