What appeals to you? (Romans 12)

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] 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

As I sit here at my desk, I am faced with a dilemma.  It is a major dilemma.  I have need to eat, but there is really nothing that appeals to me.  I have the usual choices, but for some reason I think there must be something that appeals to me.  Only a search will answer my dilemma.

Question: “Are you in a moment when nothing spiritual really appeals to you?”

This is a deep question that requires a deep investigation.  This truth appeals to my heart as I open my Bible to Romans 12.  Paul’s first words are, “I appeal to you.”  The KJV uses the word “beseech.”  The NLT uses the words, “I plead with you.”

The strength of this word is only seen in the understanding of where we are in Romans.  Paul has spent 11 chapters writing the richest theological truths of the Bible.  Every major doctrine of our salvation is covered in these chapters.  Beginning in chapter twelve we see the practical implications for those who have “been saved.”

Paul writes, because God’s mercy has been extended, you should….

  1. You should present your life to God as His worshipper and His worker.
  2. You should protect your mind from a worldly way of living.

Those who present their lives to God find that there is always an appeal to serve the Lord.  It is not an in and out deal or a change of venue deal.  It is a consistent walk with the God who gave you mercy.  You are worshipping Him and you are His worker for the long haul.

There will be many ups and downs but always you know you belong to Him and you are moving forward because this is fulfilling what appeals to you.

Here are the practical out working’s of this:

Vs: 3-8, “You humbly serve others with the gifts given to you by God.”

Vs: 9-21, “You live in holiness as examples to all who you live your life before.”

Brothers and sisters, I often find myself thinking, when it comes to eating, “nothing appeals to me.”  But when it comes to my faith, “Jesus always appeals to me!!!”  I pray it is the same for you.

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