Summary: To have a right relationship with God, we must dedicate ourselves to Him in worship and submission.
A Right Relationship with God
I. Dedicate Your Body to Him in Worship (v. 1)
a. Motivated by Mercy
i. To humble ourselves before Him (Psalm 5:7)
ii. To be thankful for His salvation (Psalm 13:5)
iii. To praise His deliverance in troublesome times (Psalm 59:16-17)
iv. To constantly recognize His grace and forgiveness (Psalm 86:13)
b. Spiritually Serving through Sacrifice
i. With gladness (Psalm 100:2)
II. Dedicate Your Mind to Him in Submission (v. 2)
a. Not Conforming to this World
ii. In the blind methods of the world (2 Corinthians 4:1-4)
b. Becoming Transformed by Spiritual Renewal
i. In restoration of salvation’s joy (Psalm 51:10, 12)
ii. In focusing on what is good (Philippians 4:8)
iv. In seeking after God’s will (Ephesians 5:8-10, 17)
Psalm 5:7— 7But as for me, (A)by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house,
At Your holy temple I will (B)bow in (C)reverence for You.
Psalm 13:5— 5But I have (A)trusted in Your lovingkindness;
My heart shall (B)rejoice in Your salvation.
Psalm 59:16-17— 16But as for me, I shall (A)sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall (B)joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the (C)morning,
For You have been my (D)stronghold
And a (E)refuge in the day of my distress.
17(F)O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
For God is my (G)stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.
Psalm 86:13— 13For Your lovingkindness toward me is great,
And You have (A)delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
Psalm 100:2— 2(A)Serve the LORD with gladness;
(B)Come before Him with joyful singing.
Luke 4:5-8— 5(A)And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of (B)the world in a moment of time. 6And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; (C)for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7"Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours." 8Jesus answered him, "It is written, ’(D)YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’"
Matthew 6:24— 24"(A)No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and [a](B)wealth.
John 12:25-26— 25"(A)He who loves his life loses it, and he who (B)hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. 26"If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and (C)where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will (D)honor him.
Romans 14:18— 18For he who in this way (A)serves Christ is (B)acceptable to God and approved by men.
1 Peter 1:14— 14As (A)obedient children, do not (B)be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your (C)ignorance,
1 Peter 4:2— 2(A)so as to live (B)the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the (C)will of God.