Explore the Bible Lesson for Oct- 30- Does Your Life Please God?
October 13 2011 by Randy Mann, minister of education and evangelism, Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, Raleigh

Focal Passage: Romans 12:1-21

What motivates you in your walk with God? Are you motivated by fear that God will strike you down if you blow it? Are you motivated by the idea that if you serve God enough (whatever that means), He will be forced to bless you? Do you know what served as a motivator for the Apostle Paul? The mercies of God.

Paul spent the first 11 chapters of Romans showing the theological foundations for our relationship with Christ. Paul showed God to be the sovereign, faithful God who had brought salvation to the Gentiles and who would be faithful to keep His covenant promises to Israel (Rom. 9-11). So the question that logically follows is, “What difference does all of this make?”

In the remaining chapters, Paul pleads with the Romans to let their orthodoxy (what they now understand and believe) issue forth in orthopraxy (how they live). In other words, they are to live according to what they have learned. This is always the point of divine revelation. God not only wants us to believe the right things, but to live out those beliefs in ways that glorify Him (James 1:22ff).

How is it possible, then, for us to live lives that please God? We must present ourselves as “living sacrifices” – which seems like an oxymoron. However, as we saw in Romans 6, we have been declared dead in Christ to our sin and ourselves, and alive in Christ through the power of His resurrection.

Our lives more and more reflect the power and presence of Christ as we stop being squeezed into the world’s mold and as we keep on allowing Him to change us by renewing our minds. There is no aspect of our lives that goes untouched by this transformation.

In light of God’s mercies, we should gladly lay down our lives as living sacrifices – which is our very reasonable act of worship. After all, as the great hymn-writer, Isaac Watts said so well, “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my heart, my life, my all.” Only this kind of life – dead to self and alive in Christ – can please God. So, the question is, “Does your life please God?”
10/13/2011 7:42:00 AM by Randy Mann, minister of education and evangelism, Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, Raleigh | with 0 comments

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