Holy and Acceptable

Romans 12:1


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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.  

Romans 12:1, ESV

What does it mean to be holy and acceptable to God? Because God has sent us Jesus, and He has redeemed us from all our sins, the calling isn’t that we live a perfect, sinless life, but we are called to a life that seeks to reflect Christ. In our reflection of Christ, we come as ones who have been redeemed and renewed by the One who did live a perfect, sinless life. Our lives are to be lived according to the ideals of compassion and a willingness to speak the perfect love of our Lord into the lives of others so that they may be drawn from sin into our Lord’s perfect embrace of Christ’s love that redeemed us all from the fallen nature of our sin and into the fullness of His promised grace that calls us all to Him and the promised life that reflects the eternal life that we are promised. It is a life that, if all would be fully enthralled by it and give over every aspect of their lives, would cause all to fall down and seek to be in right relationship with all their neighbors. Sadly, we know that not all will come to Him, but our lives are meant to be in a state that reflects this ideal in the midst of all of our imperfections, and full worship of our Lord and Savior at all times would be all that our hearts desire.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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