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Message of the Day: Sacrificial Lifestyle As A Continual Experience!

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)

For eleven chapters Paul has been explaining what God in his mercy has done, and will yet do, for repentant sinners. Chapter 12-15 on the other hand, is devoted to the practical outworking of that mercy. Paul reminds his readers that the mercy of God should stimulate sacrificial giving of themselves in service to God. Those who have experienced this mercy must realize that the most fitting act of worship by which they can show their thanks is to offer themselves as living sacrifices to God.

For Paul, theology always affects life; it should move us to observe a high level of Christian conduct. It is fitting for us therefore, to respond to the appeal that we offer ourselves to God as “living” sacrifice in contrast to slain (dead) temple sacrifice. For it is sacred, well-pleasing to God. It is our most logical and voluntary form of worship. Lastly, this appeal stresses in us the necessity of making sacrificial lifestyle a continual experience.

Sources:

Carson, D.A., Moo, Douglas J., and Morris, Leon. An Introduction to the New Testament. Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature, Inc., 2002.

Gundry, Robert H. A Survey of the New Testament. Third Edition. Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature, Inc., 2002.

Keener. Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary. New Testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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