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God's Will Is Not Lost (2 of 3)
Series: The Will of God
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, 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.
ARE YOU COMMITTED TO DOING GOD'S WILL?
Discovering God's revealed will for your life isn't difficult. It's found in the Bible. But doing God's will is more challenging.
Paul urges his readers to "present [their] bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God" (v. 1b). "Bodies" refers to the entire person.
We don't offer literal sacrifices to God. Christ's death on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Christ has fulfilled and brought to an end the OT sacrificial system. But we do offer "spiritual sacrifices" (1 Peter 2:5).
God's will is that you GIVE YOUR LIFE COMPLETELY to God.
"It is not only what we can give that God demands; he demands the giver."
The sacrifice of our lives to God is described three ways.
• It is "living." Christians "are a 'living sacrifice,' meaning that they are alive from the dead since they enjoy new life with Christ (6:4). 'Living' also means that they will not be put to death as OT sacrifices were...."
• It is "holy." This means that "the person is wholly dedicated, 'set apart' from the world and belonging to God."
• It is "acceptable to God." OT sacrifices were said to be "pleasing" to God (see Ex. 29:18, 25, 41).
THE WHY AND HOW OF DOING GOD'S WILL
Paul gives the why and the how of doing God's will.
1. Doing God's will is the RIGHT RESPONSE to what God has done for you.
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by [because of] the mercies of God" (v. 1a). "All that Paul has written thus far may be summed up under the heading of the mercy of God in action. Pa ...
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