This is the free Student devotional for Do Over Session 4: An Identity You Must Embrace
Give Your All
Think for a few moments about how God has transformed and changed you as you’ve grown in relationship with Him. Thank Him for loving you.
“Leave it all on the floor.”
Coaches use that statement to push their players to give their all. It demands a total, absolute commitment to giving their best effort. This is essentially what Paul is saying in Romans 12:1-2.
“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.”
Consider what Paul is urging Christians to do in these verses:
What right does Christ have to claim control over our lives?
Contrast the “transformation” promised in Christ and the “conformity” promised by the world. Jot down a few thoughts or sketch some ideas in the space below.
Pursing holiness means daily pledging our bodies to the One who rescued us from enslavement to sin. Every part of our lives should be focused on bringing God honor.
Reflect for a moment on what it means practically to present yourself as a daily sacrifice to God. Ponder these thoughts:
How does this affect my purity?
How does this affect my eating habits?
How does this affect the way I live my life before a watching world?
What areas of my life have I not given over to God as a sacrifice?
Use this prayer as a sample prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your great love in sending your Son, Jesus, to rescue me from sin and death. I pledge myself, my whole body, to you for your service. Make me holy today.
Behind the Story
Under the Old Testament law, the Israelites would make sacrifices in an act of worship to the Lord. But Jesus became the final sacrifice, and His life, death, and resurrection made the final atonement for sin. We can add nothing to Jesus’ sacrifice, but Paul calls us to respond to God’s mercy by giving Him our very lives. In the Old Testament, God’s people made sacrifices; in the New Testament, we are to be sacrifices.
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