Devo – Romans 12:1-2 – Reasonable Service

Romans 12:1-2 – Reasonable Service

  1. Intro

    1. Last week I was talking to Pastor Don about how I was struggling more than normal preparing for this devotion and he shared Romans 12:1 with me, and so I’m just going to jump right in. Reading Romans 11:32 – 12:8, but focusing on Romans 12:1-2.

    2. Read Romans 11:32 – 12:8

    3. PRAY!

    4. Book intro:

      1. Romans can be outlined in many different ways. My study Bibles gave outlines from six to eight main points with additional sub points under those.

      2. Romans covers condemnation, justification, sanctification, Israel and our behavior as Christians.

      3. A possible even simpler outline would be to divide the book at chapter twelve, where before you have eleven chapters of doctrine and theology, and then followed by five chapters of application for how Christ should be exemplified in a believers life.

  2. [Rom 12:1 NKJV] 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.

    1. I beseech you”

      1. Here Paul is asking nicely, yet he has full apostolic authority.

      2. But instead of being commanding, he is coming along side the church in Rome and imploring them.

    2. therefore, brethren,”

      1. Therefore because of God’s mercy as we read in Romans 11:32.

      2. Therefore because of how great God is, Romans 11:33-35.

      3. Therefore because of God’s glory, Romans 11:36.

      4. Many consider this “therefore” to apply to the previous eleven chapters.

        1. That therefore we were condemned:

          • [Rom 5:12 KJV] Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

          • [Rom 3:23 NKJV] for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

        2. That therefore we are justified:

          • [Rom 3:24-25 NKJV] 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth [as] a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

          • [Rom 5:18 KJV] Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life.

        3. That therefore we are sanctified:

          • [Rom 8:1-4 NKJV] 1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God [did] by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

    3. by the mercies of God,”

      1. Quoting David Guzik: “Think of all the mercies of God Paul has explained to us thus far [in Romans]:

        1. Justification from the guilt and penalty of sin

        2. Adoption in Jesus and identification with Christ

        3. Placed under grace, not law

        4. Giving the Holy Spirit to live within

        5. Promise of help in all affliction

        6. Assurance of a standing in God’s election

        7. Confidence of coming glory

        8. Confidence of no separation from the love of God

        9. Confidence in God’s continued faithfulness”

        10. And I would add God’s gift of faith to us

    4. that you present your bodies a living sacrifice,”

      1. Paul is using an Old Testament word picture here.

      2. That we are to submit in whole to God, our whole self.

        1. When giving an offering, you gave the the whole animal, to be sacrificed and used for the Lord.

          • You were not even to give a lame or blind animal to be sacrificed to the Lord

          • [Deu 15:21 NKJV] “But if there is a defect in it, [if it is] lame or blind [or has] any serious defect, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.

          • [Malachi 1:8 NKJV] And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, [Is it] not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, [Is it] not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” Says the LORD of hosts.

            • How can our sacrifice be glorifying to God, if what we are giving Him is worse than what we are willing to give to those in authority of us on earth?

        2. Hughes writes: “We must put away the medieval thinking that makes a distinction between clergy and laity – the idea that ministers and missionaries should have 100 percent commitment, but the laity is permitted 75 percent, or 30, or… [less]. The truth is, ALL BELIEVERS are called to be totally committed to Christ.”

        3. Honestly, how can we not give our whole selves to God, when we know that we are not even our own?

          • [1Co 6:19-20 NKJV] 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who is] in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

      3. This sacrifice that Paul speaks of is also different than that of the Old Testament. It is a living sacrifice. It is continual, that each day we are to commit to live for Christ.

        1. [Rom 6:6, 10-11 NKJV] 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with [Him], that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. … 10 For [the death] that He died, He died to sin once for all; but [the life] that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

          • Each morning it seems we need to commit to and surrender to God to put away the “old man” and put on the new.

        2. [Eph 4:22-24 NKJV] 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

    5. holy, acceptable to God,

      1. What is a holy and acceptable sacrifice to God?

        1. [Pro 15:8 NKJV] The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright [is] His delight.

        2. We know in Hebrews 11:6 it says it is impossible to please God without faith.

        3. And we learn in Hebrews 11:4 that it was by faith that Abel’s offering to God was more acceptable than Cains.

      2. An acceptable offering is one made in faith.

        1. I am so thankful and amazed that God even gives us faith and perfects our faith.

        2. That He has given each one of us a measure of faith (Romans 12:3).

        3. That He is the author and finisher or perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

        4. That through faith we are justified and have access to His grace.

          • [Rom 5:1-2 NKJV] 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

        5. Because God is faithful to us, He will sanctify us, making us blameless.

          • [1Th 5:23-24 NKJV] 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you [is] faithful, who also will do [it].

    6. [which is] your reasonable service.

      1. Other translations use “your spiritual service” or “your spiritual worship”

      2. The word “reasonable” here is translated from the Greek word logikos (lo-gē-ko’s), which is where we get our word logic.

      3. Knowing what we do, is it not reasonable, is it not logical to serve God?

        1. [Gal 2:20 NKJV] “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

        2. [Rom 8:32 NKJV] He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

      4. That as Paul says, we have been crucified with Christ, that Christ lives in us, we have the Holy Spirit, the Helper, the Comforter in us. This life we are living now in the flesh is to be lived in faith in God. That God did not spare His own son for our sake because He loves us.

      5. To quote Spock “It is only logical” that we have faith in God, love God, and server God with our everything.

        1. [Deu 6:5 NKJV] “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

  3. [Rom 12:2 NKJV] 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. And do not be conformed to this world,

      1. Conformed here is an outward change.

        1. Like a thing being forced into a mold.

        2. We as Christians should not be, cannot be, conformed to this world for we have the Holy Spirit in us.

      2. [1Jo 2:15-17 NKJV] 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that [is] in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

      3. This world is not our home, nor should it be our filter to how we read the Bible, or our view of God. But the Bible should be how we filter our world view.

      4. [1Pe 2:11 NKJV] 11 Beloved, I beg [you] as sojourners and pilgrims [NASB uses aliens and strangers], abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,

      5. Our residence here on this earth is only temporary, in so we should love the Eternal Creator, not the things that have been created.

    2. but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,

      1. The Greek word that is translated transformed is the same word we get metamorphosis from, and the same word used to describe Christ’s transfiguration in Matthew 17:2.

      2. It is in the present, passive, imperative; so it is a command that we are receiving that we are to currently and actively follow.

      3. By the renewing of our mind through God’s word

        1. [Psa 119:11 NKJV] 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

        2. And

        3. [Philippians 4:8 NKJV] 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things [are] noble, whatever things [are] just, whatever things [are] pure, whatever things [are] lovely, whatever things [are] of good report, if [there is] any virtue and if [there is] anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.

      4. We are to be transformed. Different from this world.

        1. [2Co 3:18 NKJV] 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

        2. And

        3. [2Co 5:17 NKJV] 17 Therefore, if anyone [is] in Christ, [he is] a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

    3. that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

      1. Other translations use “discern” instead of prove.

      2. Paul also uses this language which mirrors the old testament to describe what is an appropriate sacrifice to God.

      3. As we continually grow in faith and knowledge in Christ, as we are sanctified through Christ. We will be able to discern what is good, acceptable and the perfect will of God.

      4. [Eph 5:8-11 NKJV] 8 For you were once darkness, but now [you are] light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose [them].

  4. Closing

    1. We have a God that loves us, that forgives us. That did not keep His own Son from us. Jesus became sin for us, that we might be justified once and for all, by the shedding of His blood we are made clean. That as Christians we have the Helper, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit that lives with in us, that seals us, and we are not our own but bought with a price.

    2. So knowing all this and more, how is it not reasonable that we fully commit ourselves to Christ?

      1. We should, but I’ll be the first to admit that I fail at this daily. That I fail in my own strength, that I am often distracted by the things and cares of this world.

      2. As I mentioned at the beginning that I have more difficulty then normal preparing for this devotion. Which I shared with some of you and as I said before Pastor Don.

      3. To which he brought up that isn’t it reasonable? That’s all he asked, he didn’t go into detail, but shared some of the thoughts and things he was going through.

      4. It made me think, how is it not reasonable? Our struggles, our hardships, even the pain and suffering we experience. That with everything we go through, it is reasonable in the service of God.

      5. I say it again, it is only logical that we commit fully to God, that we serve Him completely. Through His strength, not our own. Through the faith that He has given us, not our own. It is only through God that we can be fully committed to Him.

      6. PRAY!

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