Romans 12:1-2 Part 1

“Therefore, in response to all of these mercies God has shown you, I beg you, brothers and sisters, to make a decisive once-and-for-all dedication of your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and devoted and acceptable to God. This response is your only reasonable act of worship. Stop mindlessly living in conformity to the customs of the prevailing culture around you, but by the new ideals that shape your minds continue to let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will find and follow God’s good, well-pleasing, and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2)

Have you ever found yourself on both sides of a conflict or a competition, where it became necessary for you to once-and-for-all declare which side you are on? We can be guilty of dual spiritual allegiance. We try to follow Christ while also pleasing the world, which is like trying to take off in two directions at once. In Romans 12:1-2, God is telling us to decisively choose the One Who pours out mercy on us constantly. We know verse one contains a decisive command because the image in verse one has us climbing onto a sacrificial altar AND STAYING THERE.

There is no getting around the reality that faith in Christ is radical and extreme, but relationship with Christ is worth whatever our faith costs us. If we are spiritually climbing onto this altar and staying there, it can only mean we have FOR SURE chosen Christ, the same Christ Who in the ultimate act of mercy sacrificed Himself all the way for us.

When we stay on the altar of devotion to Christ, peer pressure loses its power over us because what’s happening up there on the altar is a better life in every way.

When we stay on this altar of devotion to Christ, materialism loses its power over us because what’s happening up there on the altar is a better life in every way.

When we stay on this altar of devotion to Christ, obsession and addiction lose their power over us because what’s happening up there on the altar is a better life in every way.

Faith exercises:

  1. How has God had mercy on you? How does God have mercy on you? Make a list. See if you can come up with at least a dozen ways God has been merciful to you. Examples – Did God wake you up this morning? Did God keep your heart beating all day? Did God provide food for you to eat, clothing for you to wear, shelter, transportation, friends, oxygen? Acts 17:28 says, “In Him we live and move and have our being.” Fact is, God does sustain us. Every moment we have is a gift.
  2. What are we doing with these gifts of mercy? In light of God’s mercies, we are given three commands. 1) We offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices. Because we are so grateful to Jesus for having mercy on us, we offer everything about ourselves to Jesus, letting Him be completely in charge of us. 2) We stop going along with whatever the world says and we stop letting the world around us drag us down. 3) We allow God to miraculously replace our stinking thinking with a renewed mind that willingly gravitates toward God thoughts. These thoughts help us love people around us and be a blessing to people around us. When we are obeying these three commands, we are making ourselves available for God to bring out God’s very best in us, which beats anything we can come up with on our own. Only God knows who your best “you” is, and only God knows how to get you there.

Grace and peace to you as you study these verses, pray these verses, and obey these verses.

Rick Jordan (www.rickcarlajordan.com, rickjordankcmo@gmail.com)

 

3 thoughts on “Romans 12:1-2 Part 1”

  1. Thank you for this. I actually have about 9 pages of things I am grateful for and I am absolutely positive there is more. :). There are things we don’t even know that He covers us and protects us from and I am grateful. Can’t wait for next week.

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  2. After reading this post I was catching up on my devotion I missed on Friday. I found it very interesting and thought I would share.

    Friday, April 6, 2018 The Strange Case Of West Side Baptist

    On March 1, 1950, choir practice was scheduled for 7:20 at the West Side Baptist Church in Beatrice, Nebraska. Most of the choir members normally arrived around 7:15. The pastor, about to head to church with his wife, discovered that his daughter’s dress needed changing. A man named Harry Ahl was going to take his two boys to practice, but got lost in a conversation, forgetting the time. One high school girl needed to finish her homework. Two sisters were ready, but their car wouldn’t start. The pianist Marilyn Paul fell asleep and so she and her mother both arrived much later than usual. Joyce Black, just feeling lazy, waited until the last minute. All 15 members of the choir were hindered from being on time. At 7:25pm, due to a gas leak, there was an explosion and the church was destroyed. The choir members would’ve been killed, except that they were all strangely late. Therefore, rejoice today and thank God in faith for those problems and obstacles you’ve been frustrated about. Because who knows that you won’t find out someday that they were the very things that saved your life. From Message #1980 – The Tectonic Moment… Scripture: Psalm 63:7 TODAY’S MISSION – Today, when you face an obstacle, a challenge, or a hindrance you’ve been frustrated about, do something new – rejoice!

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