Posted by: missionventureministries | April 12, 2011

A Living Sacrifice and Humble Service in the Body of Christ – Romans 12:1-3 – Part 1 of 2

1Therefore 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. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.  3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. – Romans 12:1-3

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy . . . Here Paul is speaking to us Christians. It is possible to commit our lives to the Lord for the purpose of salvation and yet not be yielded to the Lord in our daily lives. It is only when we make the total sacrifice in every area of our lives that we begin to see God’s perfect will manifest through our lives.

Paul used the mercies of God to encourage these Romans to give themselves totally to God. It is the goodness of God that leads people to repentance. (Romans 2:4)

To present  your bodies as living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God . . . We are the ones who have to make this presentation of our bodies to the Lord. He will not do it for us. We cannot just rebuke the flesh and expect it to disappear. We have to give our bodies to God as living sacrifices daily. We have to die to our own
desires daily. This has to be a living, ongoing commitment to the Lord.

This is your true and proper worship . . . Many Christians think that living lives totally consecrated to God is something that only preachers or a few religious people do. They see it as “extra” and “not normal” Christianity. However, Paul said this level of commitment is true and proper worship. Jesus died for each one of us, so each one of us ought to live for Him.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world . . . This scripture is telling us that we should be different than the unbelievers. Most of us as Christians recognize this, but we seem at a loss as to how to accomplish it. This verse goes on to give us the answer. The key is our minds. As we read in Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his
heart, so is he.”

If we think on the same things that the world thinks, we are going to get the same results. If we keep our minds stayed upon God through the study of His Word and fellowship with Him, then we will have perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). It’s that simple.

But be transformed by the renewing of your mind. . . The word “transformed” is describing a complete change, like that of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. This word is also the same word that was used to describe Jesus’ transformation when His face shone and His garments became white as the light (Matthew 17:2). Making our thinking line up with God’s Word will affect this complete transformation in our lives.

When people are born again, they become totally new creations in their spirits. Their spiritual salvation is complete. “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power” – Colossians 2:9-10. However, it is not God’s will that we only be changed on the inside; He wants to manifest this salvation in our physical lives also. That takes place through the renewing of our minds. If we fail to renew our minds, we can live our entire time on this earth without experiencing the abundant life that Jesus provided for us (John 10:10).

Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will . . . Finding God’s will for our lives is not hard when we do what these verses instruct us to do. As a matter of fact, it would be impossible to ignore God’s will once we commit ourselves to Him as living sacrifices and begin to renew our minds. Finding God’s will for our lives only becomes hard if we are not totally committed to the Lord. God’s will for all of us is to be living sacrifices to Him. Once that is accomplished, more specific direction will come as we renew our minds.


Please continue this study in part 2 of 2




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