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Summary: Salvation was only the beginning! Now, God wants us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. This is an act of surrender, commitment, and dedication. Paul tells us HOW to do it.

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“It’s Time For A Change!”

Romans 12:1-2

Life is full of CHANGES! HAS your life CHANGED in last YEAR … 5 Yr. … 10 … 20? IF IT HASN’T … then must have been living on a deserted island somewhere!

There are 2 BASIC KINDS of “change” … INTERNAL & EXTERNAL.

We usually LIKE … EXTERNAL change:

· Going to Mountains to see the leaves CHANGE.

· When life gets hectic, enjoying a “change of pace”.

· “Change” our SOCKS once a month!

BUT … when comes to INTERNAL change it’s a different story. We tend to RESIST CHANGE.

WHEN SAVED … we were CHANGED … INSTANTLY. We were Born-Again … we became a New Creature … we changed from a sinner bound for an eternity in Hell – TO – a “Child of God”.

BUT … this was just to be just the BEGINNING of “change”. We soon found out that our “flesh” was still present. We found out that there was a constant BATTLE going on between “flesh” & “spirit”.

Mt. 26:41 – “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

We are constantly in the NEED of a “change”. Romans 12:1-2 points out that “change” that needs to be made … AFTER … salvation. You can call it “surrender” … “commitment” … “sanctification” … “dedication” …

Romans 12:1-2 – all turn - READ

“beseech” – literally, ‘beg’ … “Please, please, please …” It’s NOT a COMMAND … you CAN’T be COERCED into this … it’s your CHOICE. BUT … it’s so IMPORTANT … THAT … Paul “begs” you to go after the NEXT LEVEL of Christianity.

No one can MAKE you live for Christ … “surrender” . You have to decide for yourself … IF … you want to get along the best you can … on own … OR … be VICTORIOUS in your Christian life.

BUT … NOTICE … TO WHOM the appeal is made … “brethren” … ALL Christians. EVERY CHRISTIAN has to DECIDE … to LIVE for Christ … OR … just “live” … AND … let Satan beat us up!

WHAT ARE WE TO SURRENDER TO GOD?

1.- OUR BODIES – “present your bodies …” – 12:1

“bodies” – NOT JUST our flesh and blood … LIKE … in O.T. times. BUT … everything we are … attitudes … will … desires … all that we are … think … do.

In O.T. TIMES … a bull, goat, sheep, dove were offered for sacrifice. It wasn’t a “living” sacrifice … they didn’t offer a “live” animal to be burnt on altar … that would be CRUEL … they KILLED it first.

The O.T. sacrificial animal gave his ALL … very LIFE.

God did away w/ animal sacrifices … WHEN … Jesus died on cross as the ULTIMATE sacrifice for our sins. BUT … NOW … God wants a LIVING, BREATHING sacrificial body to work through. He’ll accept a young, energetic body … OR … an old, worn-out body. He just wants your “body” to be presented to Him.

Paul says this is only “reasonable” … ‘logikos’ … “logical” … i.e. … “It’s only logical … it’s only right … it makes sense!” WHY? It’s LOGICAL … BECAUSE … Jesus sacrificed His body for YOU!

· Since He DIED for me … it’s only REASONABLE … that I LIVE for Him.

· Since He GAVE UP so much for me … it’s only REASONABLE … that I GIVE UP MYSELF for Him.

· Since He wore the “Crown of Thorns” for me … it’s only REASONABLE … that I crown Him “King” of my life.

It’s only REASONABLE … AMEN?

“present” – a willing SURRENDER … NOT … like a command to a slave.


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