I wanted to select verses from Romans to discuss.  I had been reading about the Amish.  They often quote from Romans 12:2 in there worship services.

Romans 12:1-2 (Kings James Version)

Living Sacrifices to God

 1 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. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

1) Doing some research I read what the “the mercies of God” are.

http://pastorsteveweaver.wordpress.com/2006/01/30/your-reasonable-service-exposition-of-romans-121-2/

“It is on the basis of God’s mercies that we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices. These mercies are the mercies which Paul has expounded over the last 11 chapters. They are the mercies of forgiveness of sins, justification by faith, peace with God, union with Christ, freedom from sin and the law, adoption as sons, possession of the Spirit, election to salvation, no separation from Christ’s love, inclusion of the Gentiles and the future salvation of Israel. In light of all these mercies, Paul urges us to present our bodies as living sacrifices to God.”

2) “you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”

What is a Christ Followers reasonable service to God?  It seems to me to be  every fiber of their being. 

Also from Pastor Steven Weaver:

“Here, in Romans 12:1, Paul clarifies that he is not talking about a sacrifice that deals with satisfying sin’s penalty by designating this sacrifice as a “living sacrifice,” not one involving death.

What then is Paul saying? He is simply saying that we are to offer all we are as a continual living sacrifice to Him. In other words, God doesn’t just want your heart, He wants all of you! This is the meaning of the “body” in this passage. It is a reference to the totality of our being. It is a “living” sacrifice (which distinguishes it from the OT sacrifices), a “holy” sacrifice (which indicates that like the OT sacrifices it is set apart to God), and it is an “acceptable” sacrifice (which indicates that it is well-pleasing to God).”

3)  Verse 2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Surrender your will completely to God and you are transformed, your mind is renewed.  It no longers confroms to the world, but to the perfect will of God.

“You are conformed to the world by what you uncritically digest from the world. You are transformed by the renewing of your mind by what you meditatively digest from the Word. Are you reading God’s Word daily? Are you memorizing God’s Word? Are you meditating on God’s Word? Are you reading authors whose writings are permeated by the Word of God? How else do you expect to have your mind renewed?

In this passage, Paul expects that believers will present the whole of their beings to God as a sacrifice to Him based upon His abundant mercies toward them. How much time do you spend meditating on God’s mercies as revealed in His Word? This is both the basis and the means for our service to God! You tell me how you’re spending your time and I’ll tell you what you are being shaped into!”

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