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February 3, 2020

Our True and Proper Worship

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice ... this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1)

Paul’s exhortation to his readers to “offer your bodies as a living sacrifice“ is a call to the most radical expression of Christian discipleship. It is a call to surrender every inch of ourselves to the purposes of God, to die to ourselves that we might live fully for Him. 

The single word “Therefore” which opens Romans 12 holds the key to understanding the entirety of the remaining five chapters of Paul’s remarkable letter. The “Therefore” refers us back to the rich doctrinal teaching of the eleven chapters that precede it. These chapters are filled with Paul’s explanation of the essential underpinnings of our Christian faith: The dire condition and destiny of natural man, and the  gracious provision of a rescue through a Savior; His gracious work of justification, sanctification, and glorification; His righteousness, pre-eminence and sovereignty; His faithfulness to His promises; and much more than this space allows. 

Without an unpacking of these foundational truths, Paul’s appeal to us to surrender our lives would be nothing more than a hollow plea - unsupported, unreasonable, and irrational. 

Every Christian should be implored to study, understand, and fully appreciate the doctrines of Romans, for they are essential to the stirring of our affections for God. The more we know Him, the more we love Him. The more we love Him, the more we want to exalt Him and reveal His power through distinctive lives lived out to His glory. 

We love Him because He first loved us. When we effectively comprehend the magnitude of His love, our only right  response is to present ourselves before Him, arms outstretched  in submission to His will.

Question: Do you have a thorough appreciation of the mercy of God in your life?

Challenge: Preach the gospel to yourself daily, recalling the eternal destiny from which you’ve been rescued.

Prayer: Lord, let me see your face and know your goodness. I want to learn to surrender all I am to you.

Arnie Knecht, Chapel Leader -- Texas Air Hogs

Baseball Chapel
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