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Romans 12:1-8

A Living Sacrifice

12 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. 2 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.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Today's devotion is brought to you by Ginger Burnett. Ginger serves with her husband Shane as Youth Leaders at Impact.

If the son of God died for me, then the least I can do is live for him. We should present ourselves as holy and acceptable to God, for our bodies represent all the members and our lives.

Don’t let all the things of the world squeeze you into believing something or doing something you know isn’t right. Man has built this world to make himself happy without God. Christ died to deliver us from this world and anyone who loves the world is an enemy of God. Believers aren’t anymore of the world than Christ is of the world. By changing the way we think, we are Transformed into knowing what God wants- what is good, pleasing and perfect.

We then shouldn’t boast or think highly of ourselves. We must not forget that we are nothing outside of Christ. Rather, we should be humble and use the gifts God has given us to spread the word. Whatever your gift may be, use it for good. Whether you gift is to serve, teach, encourage, lead or speak, do it cheerfully in Christ. God’s grace gave us all these talents and gifts to use and it is our responsibility to use them.

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