Friday, December 27, 2019

Romans 12:1, 9 NIV 2011

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Paul began this chapter to the faithful in Rome calling them to practice living lives reflecting Christ’s righteousness. 1 Corinthians 6:20, “you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”  The first way to live a life that is righteous began with being holy. Paul asked the faithful to serve God Almighty. Holiness is carried out selflessly. Being sincere, believers checked their motives and attitude at every life change for Him. Holy God calls His children to be holy.

Checking who I am makes me thankful God’s not finished with me, yet. I confess I don’t reflect His righteousness or holiness daily. Like the first century Christians, it doesn’t come easily for me. Spending time in God’s Word is helpful. My actions are what God sees and I need to focus on Him and His desires, not mine. Continuing to keep a short list of sins to confess is a huge help for me. Being willing to share Jesus with those who do not know Him has become my passion. I need to respond to His call to be holy.

How does God see you living out His holiness?

Ready to respond as children of God,

S

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