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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. (Romans 12:1 NIV).
Why does Paul refer to this sacrifice as our “reasonable service”? Because as believers in the gospel, Christ is living in us! The impossible becomes possible. Not only that, it becomes entirely reasonable. God has provided the life and power for us to fulfill our responsibility which is this: acknowledge the truth and live out what we believe.
Listen to what the Apostle Paul tells us in his epistle to the Ephesians: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:4-6 ESV).
This is entirely the work of Christ and we are called to believe and appropriate it through faith.
Note that unbelief can take two forms:
1.) A soul can say they do not believe the gospel and make that known by living apart from God.
2.) A soul can say he does believe the gospel and live like he does not believe it.
Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21 NIV).
The fact is, we live what we believe. What are you believing?
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