The World (2)
A Sermon on Romans 12:1-2
A Living Sacrifice
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)
Avoiding the world is not an option for Christians. But some still try it anyway. Rules and regulations are set up. Fear of conforming to the world drives one’s choices. A great distance is then placed between the Christian and the world. History has shown us the various extremes which men and women will go. And all of it is contrary to the Gospel. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is concerned that Christians who seek to live a life of holiness may fall into this sort of trap. Legalism. Pharisaism. All of it governed by fear. Yet this is not what the Apostle Paul has in mind. Listen in as Lloyd-Jones addresses this grave misstep. The Christian is not to be so focused on the world that their pursuit of holiness becomes driven by it. What God has given us is his Word. We must not be concerned about the additional regulations that some say the Christian should follow. On the contrary, what we must be concerned about is simply the expression of our new character in Christ. And this is what drives the believer: the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.