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Reasonable Service
2/18/2014

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. Romans 12:1 (NKJV)

What if someone helped you out on a drywall project because you didn’t possess the skills to do the job—what would be “reasonable” for them to ask in return?  Would it be reasonable for them to ask for some money for doing the work?  Would it be reasonable for them to ask you to come over and help them to move some furniture?  The point being this, “reasonable” can change depending upon what a person has done for you, the worth of their service, and what is being asked back in return.

As Christian men and women, we have been asked to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service (Rom. 12:1).  As I meditate upon this scripture, I can see the Apostle Paul pleading with the reader to think about what was given to them by Christ, before he asks them to live in a Christ-like way.  He says, I beseech you therefore…” Whenever I see “therefore” I always go back and take a look at what came before it. In this case, it was eleven chapters of the Book of Romans. 

So what sort of things has God done for us as believers, as stated in the prior eleven chapters of Romans?  Well, let’s take a look at four truths as outlined in His Word.

·      We have been redeemed.   Jesus has paid the price so we can go free.  The price of sin is death; Jesus paid the price for our sin by dying on the cross (Rom 3:24; 8:23).

·      We have been justified.   This is God’s act of declaring us “not guilty” for our sins (Rom. 4:25; 5:18).

·      We are being sanctified.    This is an ongoing process where we are becoming more and more like Jesus through the work of the Holy Spirit.   This started at the time we proclaimed Jesus as Lord and continues until we see Him face-to-face (Rom. 5:2; 15:16).

·      We are to be glorified.  This is the ultimate state of the believer after death when he or she becomes like Christ (Rom. 8:18-19, 30; 1 John 3:2).

Knowing these things, we must now answer this question,

Q:         What is our reasonable service to our Lord? 

Well, according to Paul, it is when we present our bodies a “living sacrifice.”  When we fully understand what was done upon the cross of Calvary, it should be reasonable for us to have a desire to be Holy and sanctified—to be set apart from the worldly lifestyles, so we can live totally for God. 

I have found this to be true—when I am in God’s Word daily, studying, praying and seeking His perfect will; when I am being taught of His love, His mercy, and His grace, I have no problem presenting my body as a living sacrifice.  I desire to allow Him to guide me and to lead me in everything that I do and say.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 12:1, how are we to present our bodies in life?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  What does reasonable service mean to you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to stay in God’s Word continually, and pray about everything.  Let’s choose to listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading and follow through in faith. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for all that You have done.  We thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit and we welcome You and Your leading in our lives today.  Teach us how to handle every situation the way You want us to.  In Jesus’ name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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