A Living Sacrifice-Romans 12:1-2

Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer 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.”
Romani 12:1-2 «Vi esorto dunque, fratelli, per la misericordia di Dio, a presentare i vostri corpi in sacrificio vivente, santo, gradito a Dio; questo è il vostro culto spirituale. 2 Non conformatevi a questo mondo, ma siate trasformati mediante il rinnovamento della vostra mente, affinché conosciate per esperienza quale sia la volontà di Dio, la buona, gradita e perfetta volontà.”
     Paul opens up chapter 12 with some practical applications for the recipients of salvation and grace who have been the focus of this book. The key transitional word is “therefore” and signals the summary thought. The first 11 chapters have been a detailed treatment of the mercy and grace of God to all people and Paul now gives the invitation to present ourselves to God in worship – “to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.” The imagery used here reminds us of the Old Testament sacrificial system where the offerings presented were pleasing to God. But notice the distinction in worship. In the Old Testament, these were not living sacrifices. Paul is making a point that we now, because Christ is alive, have worship that is also alive! A believer’s offering of his total life as a sacrifice to God is therefore our spiritual act of worship.
     The question is then asked, “How do we present ourselves as a living sacrifice?” Paul gives a simple and direct solution from a negative and positive viewpoint. Negatively –“Do not conform to the patterns of this world” and positively –“be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The latter phrase is written in a present imperative tense which literally means a continuous renewing of your mind. In other words, every day becomes a day of renewal creating an atmosphere where conforming to this world loses its pull on the believer. 
Pray with me: Lord, I know that You have given me Your abundance of mercy and grace. Renew my mind today as I yield my life as a sacrifice to You in spiritual worship.

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