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. Romans 12:1
Romans is so complete in its theology. I feel so inadequate to even attempt to add to the power of the text contained in its chapters.
I want to step back a little and interject my thoughts sparingly today. I am going to mainly present the text
What is Paul saying here? This is a plea. Paul, being called an apostle of Jesus Christ, had a serious commitment to the welfare of the churches.
Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 2 Corinthians 11:28
Paul cared about the brethren. Here he is begging the Romans to listen to what he is saying.
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
Why is this so serious?
In the previous chapter Paul explains the goodness and the severity of God. God, in his mercy and grace has grafted us into himself through Jesus Christ. We were a wild branch. It was not by our own works, but his grace that we were grafted in. The Jewish nation was cut off so we could be grafted in.
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:11
Will you frustrate the Grace of God?
We have been saved by his grace, grafted into his kingdom against our own nature, and given the gift of eternal life! Is that a small thing to you? Do you still long after the things of this world? Do you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements? If so, you need to examine yourself whether or not you be in the faith…
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:29
We all like sheep have gone astray. God has seen our iniquities and sins. He has given us grace in sending his son to die for us. He has purchased us, grafted us into the good olive tree. I beseech you, live for him that died for you! Submit yourself to his will and walk in his paths. Be not conformed to this world but transformed.
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 11:36