January 18, 2012
Today’s Text: Read Romans 12:1, 2
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1-2
In giving ourselves to God, Romans 12:1-3 is fundamental. It’s so important for us to understand. Over the next couple of days we’ll look at 5 words that help us understand the process of giving ourselves to God and what it does for us and in us.
Presentation– In verse one Paul pleads with us to present ourselves to God. How? As a living sacrifice! What does this mean? We give God the totality of who we are. This presentation tells God, “I belong to You. Everything I have belongs to You.” Paul goes on to say that this presentation is the reasonable response to what God has done for us.
Separation- Paul goes on to tell us not to be conformed to this world. To “conform” means “to take the shape of.” Our values should be different. Our actions should be different. Our thinking should be different. When we are separated we tell God, “I will not let the world press me into its’ mold.” When we are separated from the world’s values and sinful ways, our uniqueness presents a valid identification for others.
In the way that you live, think, and value things in your life, does it look like you are presenting yourself as a living sacrifice?