September 19, 2017

Romans 12:1 (NLT) — 1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

Today two words in our verse caught my eye: Plead and Give. The word plead has a lot of emotion attached to it. It means to come alongside someone and beg them to do something on your behalf. It would be like a woman pleading with a judge not to give her son the death penalty. Or a policeman pleading with an individual not to jump off the building to his death.

Plead is used in the New Testament depicting someone who is sincerely expressing his or her heart to God in prayer. Think of Jesus in the garden pleading with the Father to not let him go through the crucifixion if it wasn’t the Father’s will.

Matthew 26:38–39 (NLT) — 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Or Hannah in the Old Testament on her knees in the temple pleading with God for a son.

1 Samuel 1:10 (NLT) — 10 Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord.

So now in our verse we can picture Paul perhaps on his knees with tears in his eyes as he writes to the Roman believers to hear and obey his petition to give themselves to God.

Have you ever wanted someone to do something so badly that you came alongside and pleaded with them. Could that person sense how serious you were about the request because of the emotion in your voice and the posture of your body?

The love of God was so strong in Paul that he got emotional when he saw other Christians not taking God seriously in their everyday lives. It pained him to see the lack of commitment to Jesus who had done so much for them. Paul had such an appreciation for Jesus that he was willing to do what ever Jesus asked of him and it pained him when other believers didn’t have that same appreciation.

Okay so let me stop here and ask; Do I, do you have that same appreciation for Jesus that Paul did? What level of appreciation do our actions show? Are we pained when we see others living as if Jesus really doesn’t matter all that much to them. Could we be bold enough to come alongside and plead with them?

Lets ponder those questions today and tomorrow we will look at the word give which is what Paul was pleading with them to do.

Be Inspired Hilltop!