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Loving God With Everything-Part II

Loving God With Everything We Have-Part II
Laying Down Our Lives as Living Sacrifices

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)

Were looking at a devotional series titled, "Loving God with everything we have."  In Part I of this devotional series, we looked at what it meant to be "All In" when living the Christian life that God has called us to live--we are to obey Gods Great Commandment to love Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind.  

We are looking at 2-verses in Romans that show us how to truly love the Lord and to worship Him.  It is within these two verses that we are finding a practical outline for our lives.  In this Divine outline there are 4-elements for presenting ourselves to God.  So far, we have looked at the first of four elements that we must give God, and that was:

1.    Our Soul must be given to God

Let's take a look at the second element of presenting ourselves to God.

2.    Our Body Must Be Given To God

"...that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1(b)

You might not think of yourself as a priest, but 1 Peter 2:5 says that we, as believers, are just that, "A Holy priesthood."  This is cool, because in the Old Testament, the Levitical Priests were the one who brought offerings and sacrifices to God.  Now it is us who do the offering of sacrifices, and that sacrifice is our "Body."

As believers, we have already given God the "Inner man" or our soul, so now He is asking us to offer Him our "Outer man" or our "Physical Body."

Our physical bodies are the houses for our spirit, soul and emotions to reside in until we physically die, and then our spirit will be given a new home with which to dwell.  But these are not the only things that reside in our physical bodies--it is also the place that our old unredeemed way of living resides--those evil thoughts, cravings, and desires.  The Apostle Paul talks about this in Romans.

For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. Romans 7:5 (NKJV)

But we are told that our "Old Man" (Old sin nature) was crucified with Christ, so that our body of sin might be done away with--we should no longer be slaves of sin, because when died to that old life, we were freed from sin (See Rom 6:6-7).   We are clearly taught by scripture that we can control our body with our redeemed soul.  

We must realize something very important though and that is, if we allow them to, our fallen and unredeemed bodies are still able to thwart the impulses of our redeemed and eternal souls.

That's why it is so important for us to continually be in the Word of God, and to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  

We need to find out where are tempting thoughts are coming from, and where they are leading us.  Once we have carefully sifted through and separated chaff from the wheat, or the evil from the good--we can discard the bad stuff, and meditate on the good stuff.

God designed us to worship only Him, and we can only do this by presenting Him with a faithful and obedient heart.  As we give God our sincere, loving, heartfelt devotion and praise, we are completing our spiritual service of worship in the way that we were designed to do.  

Just as Abraham offered the Lord his son Isaac, we are to lay our lives before the Lord as a living sacrifice.  You see, Isaac represented Abraham's future, his hope and his fulfillment--In the same manor we show the supreme act of worship when we surrender to God all of our hopes, plans, and our future as well.  When we give God our best, we show Him that we are "All In."

In Part III of this devotional series, we will take a look at our 3rd element that we must present to God.

I want to encourage you today to offer that supreme act of worship to our Heavenly Father.  We have such a short time on this earth with which to do certain things that we will never be given the opportunity to do again.  When we get to Heaven, we will be blessed to see the impact of our correct decisions to be used by the Lord.

STUDY QUESTION: Romans 12:1 tells us that it is our reasonable to do something in light of what God has done for us as outlined in the first 11-chapters of Romans--what is our reasonable service?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you doing what is outlined in Romans 12:1 as your reasonable service?

APPLICATION: Give God the best of what you have to offer--your life--and see what He does with it.

Father, Thank You for everything that You have done for me.  I lay my life down before You today as a living sacrifice to be used by You in whatever capacity that You choose.  You alone are Father, you alone are Good, You alone are Savior.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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