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Our Responsibility To Jesus Christ

Be a Living Sacrifice

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:1-2 (KJB)

To Live for Jesus

Our most important responsibility as a Christian is to live for Jesus Christ. The Bible makes it clear that Jesus came to this earth to save the lost.

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19:10 (KJB)

We are to spread the good news about Jesus Christ. The good news is also called the Gospel. The Bible in many placed defines what the gospel is:

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (KJB)

Spread the Word

When a person believes in Jesus Christ by faith there is a change that occurs to most people. Our past sins become obvious to us and the desire to live for Jesus Christ becomes important for most people. We have a desire to share with those we care about the good news of Jesus Christ. Our family and friends are the potential beneficiaries of the greatest gift known to man, salvation.

Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

Psalm 96:3 (KJB)

What about me?

Romans 12:1-2 and many other verses make it clear that we need to make some changes to our lives as well. The Apostle Paul in Romans chapter 7 makes it clear that once we are saved we have two distinct natures that are constantly battling for our mind and body. This nature is referred to among other things our Old & New Nature or the Old Man and the New Man. Humans are sinful beings and this has been the case since the beginning of our Creation.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:23 (KJB)

In the epic chapter in Romans Paul discusses the constant battle between the Old Man and the New man. This battle is between the Spiritual and the flesh. Paul concludes this chapter with these words:

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Romans 7:23-25 (KJB)

We see in the final verse of chapter seven that our Saviour, Jesus Christ helps us with this battle. Many of the remaining chapters of Romans are very helpful to help Christians know how to live a Godly life. Here are a few examples:

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Romans 8:12-14 (KJB)
Romans 5:9

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

Romans 10:9-12 (KJB)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:1-2 (KJB)

So what about me??? Do we have any responsibility in salvation? Let me be clear I do believe salvation is all of God, we are His servants. Now before you go running off screaming Calvinist, we have an article explaining why God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Free Will are not mutually exclusive. Salvation is of God but the Bible is clear we have some responsibility in salvation. I am going to use a word that many of you may not like to hear but it has to be done….. Repentance, what is repentance biblically? I believe this article does a great job of explaining Biblical Repentance. Let me say a few things about what repentance is not. Repentance is not something we do before salvation. We don’t need to clean up our lives to get saved. But once we are saved the New Man or the Spirit should have much say about how we lead our lives.

Let’s get to the point – we want to focus on the first part of Romans 12:1 says this, ” I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice” These verses in the beginning of Romans 12 are designed in such a way that each part builds off the previous section. Imagine how a building is designed. First the foundation, then the subsequent floors. God has been merciful in offering salvation to the gentiles as well as the Jewish people. The previous dispensation of animal sacrifice is passing away and a new kind of sacrifice is at hand. We are to present our bodies a living sacrifice. In context we are to continually yield our bodies as living sacrifices. This is not a one and done propostition, this is something we must do continually.

Notice the word “holy” which comes immediatly after “living sacrifice”. Yielding our bodies as Holy certainly would seem to indicate that the Spirit has to be helping us live morally.

“Acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” God expects us to live Holy and acceptable to Him. We must be living in the Spirit and the flesh to live as Holy and acceptable to God. We are to be living as Adopted sons of God. The Bible tells us that presenting our body as a Holy, Acceptable offering to God is our reasonible service. This is a tall order but the instructions are given in the next verse.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2 (KJB)

We are not supposed to be like the world, or people living as the Old Man, in the flesh. But we are to be (using the Greek Word for transformed) Metamorphis, or transformed, a complete changed. How do we become completely changed? By renewing our mind! It means we are commanded by God, after being saved, to not conform to the world, and to transform our thinking… Why wasn’t that what Curtis Hutson basically said repentance is? Focusing on the point, don’t allow our minds to be shaped by the world and its values, switch the channel to Godly thinking.

The reason for all this is simple – that we may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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