Romans 12

Romans 12. gratitude

Romans 12:1-21


OVERVIEWGratitude for Christ’s sacrifice should motivate us to put God’s will ahead of our own and love others sacrificially.

BIG IDEATransformed lives transform lives.

KEY VERSERomans 12:1 (Paul’s plea)
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

Worship is not limited to an hour on Sunday, the lifting of hands, or a particular genre of music. It’s so much more. Worship is experiencing my love, mercy, and grace in your life so powerfully that you are motivated to lay down your agenda for life and live for me. It’s a new way of living—a life transfer. Worship is a shift from living for yourself to living for me.

Let me take who you are—your gifts, interests, passions, and personality—and empower you to accomplish what I have created you to do. Give me your energy and resources, and trust me to guide you. You won’t be disappointed. As you sacrifice your desires and follow me, I will make you more alive than you could ever imagine. I will give you a life with lasting purpose and significance. In your new life, you will experience my mysteries and my miracles. And you will be in my presence. Worship me today—all day long.

Love is a verb. How have you been actively loving and serving others? What can you do today to demonstrate God’s love in someone’s life?