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With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the Plan of God for you is good, meets all His demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity. (Romans 12:1-2 Philips Translation)
3. The word “therefore” indicates a continuation and conclusion of Romans 11:36.
God is all in all and therefore deserves our total submission to Him. This is our reasonable service.
· Creator of Heaven and Earth — God created us and everything we need to sustain life.
· Free will — God gave us the choice to live by His plan or our own.
· Justification from the guilt and penalty of sin
· Adoption in Jesus and identification with Christ
· Placed under grace, not law
· Giving the Holy Spirit to live within
· Promise of help in all affliction
· Assurance of a standing in God’s election
· Confidence of coming glory
· Confidence of no separation from the love of God
· Confidence in God’s continued faithfulness (Guzik)
4. Make a decisive dedication of your body–your entire being.
Since God did so much for us, Paul pleads with us to present our bodies to the Lord as living sacrifices…This isn’t just a one-time decision. …we have to follow through with that decision every day for the rest of our lives. That’s why it’s called a living sacrifice…
And notice that this isn’t asking too much. This is only our reasonable (Greek – “rational (”logical“)” [Strong’s Concordance]) service. Jesus died for us; the least we can do is live for Him. (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary)
5. Traits of a true disciple
The greatest difference between Christ-followers and the world, aside from salvation, should be our priority–Seeking first the Kingdom of God.
By doing so, we lay aside fulfilling the desires of our flesh. Through focusing our attention on our Beloved Redeemer, His desires become ours.
Christians who inspire me the most are radical Jesus lovers. Their love for Him consumes their thoughts, intents, and purposes. Through their intimate relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, they learn to love others well.
The first person who came to mind is a young woman who regularly encourages me and prays for me. She often shares a link to a book or an online teaching that directly answers a question burning in my heart. Usually, she had no idea beforehand. It’s happened so many times, I’ve learned to always pay attention to her recommendations.
I credit her with discipling me from afar into the deeper things of God. We’ve never met in person, but we have communicated through text and audio messaging for the past two years.
This amazing woman has led many people to the Lord through online message boards, of all things. People are drawn to her and ask her to teach them how to get closer to God.
I love that God often uses us to answer each other’s prayers even halfway around the world.
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 21 Day 2 ~ Romans 12:1-2