A Call to Godly Living – by Dr. Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” (Romans 12:1) This refers to the involvement of heart, mind and will in worship and obedient service, not merely ritual activity.
The apostle Paul lived in an age when sensuality, the pursuit of pleasure, and rebellion against the Lord were prevalent, and he could certainly be talking about our society today. In response, he wrote letters urging Christians not to follow in the ways of the world. Like those early believers, we are to pursue godliness by…
- Presenting our bodies to God. Our total being–mind, will, emotions, personality, and physical body–are to be turned over to our heavenly Father. “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). Submitting ourselves to the Lord requires a definite decision to give Him control and a daily commitment to remain under His authority. By surrendering to Him, we will position ourselves for godly living.
- Becoming living sacrifices. The Christian life is built around the concept of sacrifice. Jesus left the perfection of heaven to dwell among a sinful people so He might reconcile us to God. He offered up His life to make payment for our sins. “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16) And He brought us into His family. As believers, we are to follow His example. Paul called it a living sacrifice, because it is ongoing–one that is repeated daily.
Recently our pastor preached a series “Not My Own”. I encourage you to watch Part 5 of the series (and you can go back and watch 1-4 as well). I’m putting the video for Part 5 below.
Life is full of options. Many decisions involve a choice between following God’s way or our own. Maturing Christians will increasingly sacrifice their own desires and embrace His will.