A Living Sacrifice

By Dr. Robert A. Morey

The moment you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior is the beginning
of your spiritual journey. Conversion is not the goal of evangelism. Making disciples who will
observe all that Christ has commanded is the goal of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).

This is why we have to affirm Christ as Lord every day. In 1 Pet 3:15, Peter told
Christians to “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts.” Jesus said in Lk. 9:23, “If anyone wishes
to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

One of the great passages in the New Testament that encourage us to grow in the walk
of faith is found in Rom. 12:1-2. In order to understand and appreciate its dynamic message,
let us begin by looking at the Book of Romans itself.

I. The book of Romans is the passage of full mention on God’s wonderful plan of
salvation. Its outline reveals that the plan of salvation stretches from eternity past to
eternity future and encompasses all of human history. The outline is easy to remember
with 6 “S”s.

  1. Sin: 1-3
  2. Salvation: 4-5
  3. Sanctification: 6-7
  4. Sovereignty: 8-11
  5. Service: 12-15
  6. Salutation: 16


II. After discussing the mystery of divine sovereignty and (a.) the individual (ch. 8), (b.) the
nation of Israel (ch. 9), (c.) the Gentiles (ch. 10), and (d.) the relationship between Israel
and the Church (ch. 11), Paul falls on his knees in a doxology of praise. Biblical truth
always begins with theology and ends with doxology.Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

  1. How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable
    His ways! 
  2. For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became
    His counselor? 
  3. Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? 
  4. For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
    To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (Rom. 11:33-36)


III. Once the child of God is on his knees in wonder, awe and praise, he is ready to become
a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-2). Notes on text:

Therefore I exhort you Brothers
by the mercies of God to present 
your bodies a living sacrifice 
and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, 
which is your spiritual service of worship
And do not be conformed to this world, 
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, 
that you may prove what the will of God is, 
that it is good and acceptable and perfect.