Your Reasonable Service
Romans 12:1 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.
A. The People of Paul’s Plea– brethren (he’s talking to saved people)
Paul understands his audience.
He is targeting born again believers.
His brothers and sisters in the Lord.
NOTE chapter 1 – Paul is talking to the “beloved of God, called to be saints…” (see vs. 7)
It is interesting to note that he is not talking to a bunch of new converts, but strong believers.
SEE 1:8 “…your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world…”
B. The Passion of Paul’s Plea – I beseech you
BESEECH: to pray; to intreat; to admonish; to desire
- Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
C. The Provocation of Paul’s Plea – by the mercies of God…
The motivation; the incentive; the provocation behind Paul’s passion was the mercies of God.
Not mercy singular – but the mercies plural.
I. It is Presented – “…that ye present your bodies…”
This indicates that is done out one’s own desire; exercising their free will.
It is unreasonable if it is not willingly and freely given to God.
SEE Exodus 21
- 5 And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:
- 6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.
II. It is Perpetual – “…a living sacrifice…”
Living sacrifice is contrasted with the concept of a sacrifice.
Living means non-stop – every day – from now on.
There’s no end to the sacrifice.
A one-time sacrifice is unreasonable; perpetual sacrifice is reasonable.
KEY TRUTH: God is the one that determines what is reasonable and unreasonable.
Doing the minimum is not reasonable.
Doing only what you have to do it not reasonable.
It is reasonable to make sacrifices every day – all day long.
III. It is Pure – “…holy…”
Holiness is an absolute requirement when presenting your life as a living sacrifice.
- 10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
- 11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
- 12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.
- 13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.
IV. It is Pleasing – “…acceptable unto God…”
DEFINITION of ACCEPTABLE: well pleasing, acceptable
- Leviticus 22:20 But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.
Hebrew for ACCEPTABLE: pleasure, delight, favour, goodwill, acceptance, will
- 16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
- 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
- 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.