042 Living Sacrifices And Renewed Minds – Romans 12:1-2

by Dan Horner on September 15, 2013

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Dan at MemorizeTheBibeWithMe.comGod’s gift requires a response

Paul wrote a letter to the group of believers who lived in Rome during the first century.  He spent the first half of that letter explaining that humanity was separated from God by their sin.

He presented the details demonstrating that there was no way to bridge the gap between a sinful human race and a Holy God.  With sadness, he acknowledges that all are guilty.  (Romans 3:9-20)

Put then Paul explains God’s Mercy, Grace and Forgiveness and explains that by Faith in Jesus we are made right before God and are free from bondage to our sin natures.

This is such wonderful news that it requires a response.

Paul declares this when he turns a corner in Chapter 12 issues the following plea to his readers:

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices…”

– Romans 12:1a (emphasis added)

He wants to transform our lives!

And that happens when out of gratitude, we yield our entire person to His will.

Remember Episode 005 – The New Has Come?   We learned that when we turn and follow Christ, we are changed through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!

– 2 Corinthians 5:17

Living Sacrifices and Renewed Minds

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. 

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.

– Romans 12:1-2

Question:

Jesus made it clear on several occasions that obedience from the heart was far more important than rituals.  How is being a “…living sacrifice…” aligned with obedience from the heart?

Just click the Comment link below and let us know.

Also, if you have a suggestion for a memory verse to use in the future, feel free to leave your idea as a comment at the bottom of this post or drop me an email at Dan@MemorizeTheBibleWithMe.com

Thanks and have a great week!

Dan

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (R). Copyright (C) 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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