Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s 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 God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Dear God, the verse of the day from Bible Gateway is The famous Romans 12:1, but it starts with “Therefore.” So what thought is Paul completing with this verse. Why am I offering my body as a living sacrifice? Well, if you go before the doxology at the end of Romans 11, verses 30-32 give us the answer. We offer our bodies as living sacrifices because of your mercy. We offer ourselves as purely as we can because we are incapable of offering ourselves as holy.
I was thinking this week about what I do, if anything, that is evangelical. How do I help bring anyone closer to you? Do I ever encourage someone who is living a Godless life to turn loose of themselves and submit to you? The answer is pretty much no. The best I offer to the people around me is a life of example. I think everyone with whom I work knows how important you are to me, but I don’t really do anything that then reaches out and invites them into a life that is permeated by the fruits of the Spirit.
Father, help me to be more sensitive to offering the amazing gift you gave me to others. Help me to be an example and then to offer that example to those who know me. Even when someone comes to me with a problem, help me to remember to first pray to you for guidance and to then encourage them to first approach you. I don’t want my short time on earth to be wasted.
In Jesus’s name I pray,