Romans 12:1 | Living Sacrifice
Is God the creator or did I come to be by random chance? The world tells me that this is an accident and meaningless. I am born, live, and die. To what end or for what purpose is not a valid question. But the Bible tells me that God a personal, relational, being created everything. In him and through him he spoke ideas, natural laws, moral laws, physical matter, and spirit into existence.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5 ESV
If it is true that God created then I exist because of his will and I am undone at his will. If God created then a very valid question is for what purpose God made this world and more specifically me. Was I made to seek my own selfish gain? Was I made to be good and do good? Am I making him happy and does he even care? These questions are deep and many of us try to avoid where these types of questions lead. Avoiding these thoughts is easy there are so many distractions to occupy our minds and prevent such an introspective look into our souls. Yet even then in the quiet moments we all have these thoughts pulling at our being. So what is it that God wants?
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Romans 12:1-3 ESV
Think about what Paul has written to be a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God. Why because it is our spiritual act of worship. God made the universe and mankind to worship him. To give glory and adoration to him. We do that through how we live and how we serve God who created us.
Paul who is an example of a living sacrifice giving up power and money to follow God tells us that we will be able to test and approve that God is there, that God is good, and that God’s plan in creation is perfect. Additionally Paul tells us that we who worship and give to our Creator what he deserves will find that his plan is pleasing to us who sacrifice.
Will you take a step of faith and see what it is that God has for you? The first step of worship to the Creator is adoration and thanksgiving. Why not start with a simple conversation, prayer, to the one who made you. “Father in Heaven, creator of all things, you and you alone are worthy of my devotion. I thank you for making me and giving me life. Thank you for the place you caused me to be born, I thank you for the family that you made me to be part of, and I thank you for seeking me out to have a relationship with you. I am unworthy of your attention and I am blessed because of you.” In the name of Jesus we pray and build this relationship because in Jesus we have a way to be in relationship with God. Also know that it was Jesus, the word, who actually created us and gives us life.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 ESV
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