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Our Reasonable Service

Our Reasonable Service
In light of the Cross

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)

When you hear the word reasonable what do you think of?  I would imagine that each one of us has a different idea to the exact meaning, as we can individually view what we believe to be reasonable - depending on our individual perspective.  Some synonyms for reasonable include sensible, rational, logical, practical, and realistic.  Using these synonyms we can now look at an example.

What if someone helped you out on a drywall project because you didnt 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 has a sliding scale that moves back and forth depending upon what a person has done for you, the worth of their service, and what is being asked back in return.

As I meditate upon the above 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 11 Chapters of Romans containing scripture telling us who we are in Christ and what Jesus has done for us as a result of our being saved.  These include:

1.    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).

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

3.    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).

4.    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

So I guess when we fully understand what was done upon the cross of Calvary, it should be reasonable for us to desire to have a relationship with Jesus - the one who died so we could live eternally.

I have found this truth for me - 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 with my spirit inside in such a manner that would be Holy and acceptable.  I want to present my body to Him and to allow Him to guide me and to lead me in everything that I do and say.  Anything else would be and is foolishness, I have already been down that road, and I have seen the consequences of using my own desires to lead me in the wrong directions.  I choose now to utilize the Holy Spirit's GPS system that is living within me.

It is my sincere encouragement to you today; let God lead you in every aspect of your life.  Let Him be Lord of everything that you do.

STUDY QUESTION: How are we to present our bodies in life?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  What does reasonable service mean to you?

APPLICATION: Stay in the Word, pray about everything, listen to the Holy Spirit's leading and follow through on faith, not sight.  Where God guides, He provides, so trust and obey in all that you do.

Father, Thank You for all that You have done.  You are awesome and Holy, and I thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit and I welcome You and Your leading in my life today.  Teach me and show me how to handle every situation the way You want me to, and not by my own emotions.  In Jesus' name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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