Friday, November 2
A LIVING SACRIFICE
Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship.
2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
MANY GIFTS BUT ONE BODY
3 For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. 4 Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, 5 in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. 6 According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the proportion of one’s faith; 7 if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching; 8 if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness.
Paul is appealing to our will. He’s urging us to surrender our will to God and serve Him fully. He doesn’t just tell us what to do, he first points us to all the motivation that we need to be able to do it. He points us to God’s mercies. This doesn’t just mean God’s one time merciful act of salvation, Paul means for us to remember that God is being constantly merciful. Considering how good God has been to you is all the motivation you need to serve Him with every ounce of energy you have.
Consider some of God’s daily mercies in your life:
Freedom from the guilt and penalty of sin,
salvation by grace not by works,
the Holy Spirit being given to empower and lead you,
The promise of God’s help in all challenges,
the promise of eternity in perfection,
the confidence you have that nothing can separate you from God’s love,
the kindness He shows by giving you all the good things in your life.
This is a short list in comparison to the many mercies God shows us each and every moment. When truly considering this, how can we not be inspired to serve Him?
Help me recognize that Your mercies are never-ending and constantly providing for me. Give me opportunities to live in service to You and others today.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.