11/4/18 “Living Sacrifices”

Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Romans 11-12.

Highlighted Verse(s):

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world,3 but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

Explanation:

Paul spends the majority of Romans speaking of salvation for both Jew and Gentile.  Today’s highlighted verses transition to the rest of the book of Romans.  Paul now begins to apply the doctrine of salvation to the life of a Christian in practice ways.  You could say that the question answered in Romans 12 is “so what?”  Or maybe, “I’m saved, now what?”

The evidence for someone’s salvation in Jesus is found in their life. 

The main way that evidence is given for salvation in Jesus Christ is through our life.  Someone living post-conversion will offer their life to God as an act of sacrifice and worship.  This is a commitment of our whole life to Jesus.  This kind of commitment results in seeking transformation from the Word of God, using our spiritual gifts to serve others, and genuinely loving others.  Paul get’s specific about what these three things look like throughout the rest of Romans 12.

Application: 

  1. Read Romans 12 to see some specific examples of how salvation will effect your life practically.
  2. Examine your own life. What evidence of salvation in your life are visible to others?
  3. We cannot live out our salvation in our own power.  It takes the Spirit of God living in us and changing us to the will of God.  Submit to the work of the Spirit in your life today.

Tomorrow’s Deeply Rooted Devotion will be from Romans 13-14.

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