Because of God’s great love for us, and because of his richness in mercy toward us in sending his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we should lay down our lives as living sacrifices on the altar of thanksgiving to God, living lives that are holy (set apart in purity) and pleasing to God. This is what it means to truly worship God! We are to no longer be controlled or conformed to the standards and culture of this world, but we are to be transformed in heart and mind by the working of the Holy Spirit of God within us. Sin should no longer be our master, but we should be instruments of Christ’s righteousness to the world around us for the glory of God. Amen! Living Sacrifices / An Original Work / September 14, 2012 Based off Romans 12:1-2; 6:11-14 NIV Oh, holy ones, I counsel you, In view of God’s mercy, To give yourselves to God in love As living offerings, Pleasing to God, holy in love. This is your true worship. Do not conform to worldly lives. Let God transform you today. Then you’ll be able to Test and approve of what God’s will is – His pleasing And perfect will. Oh, holy ones, I counsel you – Offer yourselves unto God. Oh, holy ones, I counsel you – Do not be conceited. Humble yourselves before your God. Do not be self-righteous. The strength you have to live in love Comes from your Lord God, so Live your new lives in pow’r of God. Be changed in heart, mind and will. Do this because of what Christ did for you when He died on the cross to save The world from sin. Oh, holy ones, I counsel you – Humble yourselves before God. Oh, holy ones, I counsel you – Count yourselves dead to sin, But be alive to God in Christ. Do not let sin reign in Your earthly lives so you Obey its evil desires. Offer yourselves unto your God As those who’ve been born again. For sin shall no longer be Your lord and master. Give of yourselves to God For righteousness. Oh, holy ones, I counsel you – Be alive to God in Christ.