“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of Godʼs mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform 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 Godʼs will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:1-2 NIV
God’s call to surrender our lives to Him as living sacrifices is reasonable because He redeemed us from spiritual darkness and adopted us as children.
A. We must make the choice to give control to the Father.
As God’s people, we no longer have the right to run our own lives, but He still allows us to choose whether or not to surrender. Your entire being _(including your mind, will, and emotions)_ should be yielded to God.
B. We are called to be living sacrifices.
Becoming a “living sacrifice” means we allow the Holy Spirit to live through us. As we surrender to the Spirit’s guidance and leadership, He empowers us to live a godly life.
The apostle also urges believers to be holy sacrifices.
That word means “set apart” (as in “for a special purpose”)
C. Our lives should be acceptable to God.
As believers, we ought to be different from the world. Our goal should be to act as Jesus did;
– loving, and
– helping others —
yet knowing when to speak the truth in love or share our faith.
When we sin, we should be quick to confess and repent.
A surrendered lifestyle will attract some people to you, and it will drive others away. But sometimes the same people who resist the gospel will seek out a believer for help when life gets difficult.
Those who live a surrendered life will face conflict with the world.
“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV
Paul warns believers, “Do not be conformed to this
world” (Rom. 12:2)
The media frequently portrays the idea that if we become rich, attractive, influential, or famous, we will be happy and content. But none of these things guarantee joy.
Don’t let our culture shape your value system and determine your priorities.
Remain blessed in the Father’s love.
Evangelist Elvis Eben-Baffour
#Saving Jesus Campaigns
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