Does Your Life Please God Rom. 12:1-21 Oct. 30, 2011
The title of this lesson presents a good question to ponder. In our most thoughtful moments I think we would all say, “Yes!” Hopefully we will have many thoughtful moments!
1. Please God by . . Giving Your Life In Worship. 12:1-2
A. Giving Your Life To Worship Calls for . . Spiritual Worship. 12:1
1 Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.
B. Giving Your Life To Worship Calls for . . Selective Worship. 12:2
2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
How do we choose a worship experience? What causes worship? Sometimes we go to worship services but do we really worship? While in seminary I did not pastor for the first time in many years; so rather than leading in worship I sat in a pew looking for something to help me worship. It taught me to seek to worship God without depending on someone else. Worship is a spiritual experience and seeking worship before you ever get to church is very beneficial to aiding your spiritual experience. We do not just want our emotions stirred; we want a lasting spiritual experience so we are selective about worship we want the will of God renewed for us and we want a renewal from the word of God used by the Spirit to stir us in all ways.
2. Please God by . . Giving Your Spiritual Gifts to Honor Him.. 12:3-8
A. Give Your Spiritual Gifts By . . Recognizing They are Gifts from God. 12:3-5
3 For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. 4 Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, 5 in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another.
B. Give Your Spiritual Gifts By . . Returning them to God to Serve Him. 12:6-8
6 According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the standard of faith;7 if service, in service; if teaching, in teaching; 8 if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness.
Do you recognize God has given at least one spiritual gift to you? If you do not know what that gift is go
on line and you can probably find some helps to lead you to discover your gift. At one time I thought my gifts were different than what they are because I was not informed. When I really received the proper way of deciding on gifts many agreed with me in that discovery. I realized anew this was a gift from God and I wanted to serve Him correctly. These gift are not given for our own benefit but to benefit the entire body of Christ. We want to return these gifts to God for His use as He blesses the Church. As a pastor it is a blessing for me to know what gifts the membership shares so I can properly guide them and benefit in the ministry of these people.
3. Please God by . . Giving Genuine Love Toward Fellow Christians. 12:9-16
A. Give Genuine Love . . Showing Love to One Another. 12:9-11
9 Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. 10 Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord.
B. Give Genuine Love . . Sharing with the Saints.. 12:12-16
12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. 13 Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16 Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
Everyone needs love shown to them. If a church is known for expressing their love to one another it will cause them to be attractive to their fellow Christians and to their community. Jesus said people would know we are His disciples because we love one another. Our love needs to be shared throughout our churches and especially to our brothers and sisters in the church.
4. Please God by . . Giving Kindness To Your Enemies. 12:17-21
A. Give Kindness to your Enemy . . Remember the Lord Shows Vengeance. 12:17-19
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone's eyes. 18 If possible, on
your part, live at peace with everyone. 19 Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His
```` wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord.
B. Give Kindness to Your Enemy . . Repay Evil with Good. 12:20-21
20 But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. 21 Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good. (HCSB.)
Giving kindness helps us to remember how the act of vengeance belong to the Lord. If you or I try to get even we cannot do as good a job as the Lord will. We need to repay evil with good. That is not always easy to do. We may want action to be taken on our time table and that may not be God’s. If we obey God and His word we will be able to say, “YES” When asked, Does Your Life Please God? Amen? Amen!