Foundation Scriptures: Romans 12:1-21

1 [a]Therefore I urge you, [b]brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical,
intelligent) act of worship.
2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be [c]transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
3 For by the grace [of God] given to me I say to everyone of you not to think more highly of himself [and of his importance and ability] than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has apportioned to each a degree of faith [and a purpose designed for service].
4 For just as in one [physical] body we have many parts, and these parts do not all have the same function or special use,
5 so we, who are many, are [nevertheless just] one body in Christ, and individually [we are] parts one of another [mutually dependent on each other].
6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them accordingly: if [someone has the gift of] prophecy, [let him speak a new message from God to His people] in proportion to the faith possessed;
7 if service, in the act of serving; or he who teaches, in the act of teaching;
8 or he who encourages, in the act of encouragement; he who gives, with generosity; he who leads, [d]with diligence; he who shows mercy [in caring for others], with cheerfulness.
9 Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Hate what is evil [detest all ungodliness, do not tolerate wickedness]; hold on tightly to what is good.
10 Be devoted to one another with [authentic] brotherly affection [as members of one family], give preference to one another in honor;
11 never lagging behind in diligence; aglow in the Spirit, enthusiastically serving the Lord;
12 constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength],
13 contributing to the needs of God’s people, pursuing [the practice of] hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you [who cause you harm or hardship]; bless and do not curse [them].
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself.
17 Never repay anyone evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and gracious and proper in the sight of everyone.
18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath [and His judicial righteousness]; for it is written [in Scripture], “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for by doing this you will heap [e]burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good.

  1. Finding Your Individual Purpose for Your Life Begins with Total Surrender to the Lordship of Jesus.
    • Romans 12:1-2
    • Presenting your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service
    • Not conformed to this world—transformed by the
      renewing of your mind—in order that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of
    • You want the perfect will of God for your life, not just the permissive or permissible will of God.
    • Many people live and die without ever finding God’s purpose for their lives.
  2. This Purpose or Calling is in Proportion to the Grace Given You by God to Fulfill Your Life’s Mission.
    • Romans 12:3-8
    • Don’t overestimate yourself. God has dealt to everyone the measure of faith according to his/her call and purpose. (To whom much is given, much is required—Luke 12:48.)
    • Verse 6: We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us—in order to fulfill God’s plan.
  3. With the Grace Comes the God-Given Desire that Must be Pursued in Order to Fulfill the Plan.
    • Psalms 37:4 AMP—Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of
      your heart.
    • Put God first.
    • Isaiah 58:14 AMP—Then will you delight yourself in the Lord
    • This always flows forth out of us abiding in the Vine—being connected. He is the Vine, we are the branches.
      As we stay connected to Him, we produce fruit and our fruit remains, proving we are God’s children (John 15).
    • This GRACE will cause you to come through the hardest places and yet still shine.
  4. Facts About Me that I Need to Know in Order to Fulfill my Eternal Destiny.
    • The Word
    • The Name
    • The Blood
    • The Angels
    • The Holy Spirit

“I am to be fruitful and to look for fruit in my life!

I must stay focused on my path – my journey!

All I do will count in eternity!”