“A LIVING Sacrifice, the Instrument of RIGHTEOUSNESS”
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s Mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God---this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s Will is---His Good, Pleasing and Perfect Will. Romans 12:1-2
This was VALUABLE information from the Apostle Paul to the BELIEVERS in Rome. He STRESSED the importance of OFFERING to the ALMIGHY GOD, their body as a LIVING SACRIFICE, because of GOD’S MERCY on them and in view of ALL that God had done for them. So, as the PROPER and TRUE form of WORSHIP, they should OFFER their BODIES as LIVING SACRIFICES. This type of WORSHIP is PLEASING and ACCEPTABLE to the RIGHTEOUS and HOLY GOD.
What is a LIVING SACRIFICE? A LIVING SACRIFICE is one, who is TOTALLY CONTROLLED, and YIELDED to the ALMIGHTY GOD as an INSTRUMENT of RIGHTEOUSNESS. They are NOT to imitate the behavior and customs of this world. Do not have an outer expression that does NOT reflect what is REALLY in your HEART. Like using certain words or even the HOLY SCRIPTURES to help advance your cause, and MASQUERADING as something that you are NOT. It’s like trying to make people believe that you are a RIGHTEOUS person, when in all ACTUALITY you are an UNREPENTANT SOUL, who is LOST and on their way to an ETERNITY in HELL with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE. This is TRULLY NOT a PLEASING nor ACCEPTABLE form of WORSHIP to the ALMIGHTY GOD.
In order to become a LIVING SACRIFICE---an INSTRUMENT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is PLEASING AND ACCEPTABLE to GOD, you MUST HAVE a REPENTANT HEART, and allow God to TRANSFORM you into a NEW PERSON, by the RENEWING of your MIND, changing the way you think. This is accomplished by the Work of the HOLY SPIRIT, who will CHANGE our way of THINKING, through a CONSISTENT STUDY of GOD’S HOLY WORD, so that we might KNOW God’s Will, and be PLEASING and ACCEPTABLE to Him.
The person, who does not wish to be a LIVING SACRIFICE, an INSTRUMENT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, is DOOMED, because of their UNREPENTANT HEART, and REJECTION of GOD and His SON, JESUS CHRIST, who SUFFERED, BLED, and DIED for ALL of MANKIND, in order, for them to be able to have ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, and to ESCAPE an ETERNAL LIFE in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after they are there. They MUST be WILLING to become a LIVING SACRIFICE, an INSTRUMENT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, by WILLINGLY TURNING AWAY FROM their sinful life-style, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. And CONFESS their sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. BELIEVING, with ALL their HEART, that JESUS died for THEM, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God. They MUST ACCEPT God’s Gift of SALVATION, and become a LIVING SACRIFICE, AN INSTRUMENT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, that is PLEASING and ACCEPTABLE to GOD. And they NEED to do this NOW, while they still can. He’s WAITING and COMING SOON!!!