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09/16/2009

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I Urge You


"Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship" (Rom. 12:1).

We all get an urge for something from time to time. Last night, after a hard day of clamming, I got an urge to eat. Almost anything in the refrigerator was fair game...I just had an urge for food. (ice cream would have been nice....none there) This was just a tricky way to get the word urge out there. In today's verse, Paul urges the Roman Christians to be sacrificial. He does it to the extent that he says to "present you bodies as a living and holy sacrifice." Let me share with you a few more "urges."

"Therefore I urge you to imitate me" (1 Cor. 4:16). Before we get the impression that Paul is being a bit filled with himself, lets look at his whole body of work. Here's the order; 1. Christ is the supreme example. 2. Christ's apostle follows His example. 3. We are to follow the apostle's example. Paul "urges" us to do this. Another urge..."As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain" (2 Cor. 6:1). When we make that decision to be followers of Jesus, it is not only an important choice, but a life giving one. As Christians, we fall under that wonderful grace that God freely offers. Our part is to live for Him. When we forget this, and live for only ourselves, we run the risk of "receiving God's grace in vain." We can dovetail this into another urge. "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge to live a life worthy of the calling you have received" (Eph. 4:1). When I was a school teacher, I took my responsibility seriously. I could have a positive affect on young people, but only if I was "worthy of my calling." Being a Christian is serious business and with it comes responsibilities. We are representative of Jesus here on earth and need to live our lives accordingly.

Finally, from the pen of the apostle John, just one more urge. "I am not writing to you a new command but one that we have had from the beginning, I urge that we love one another" (2 John 5). Jesus talked of love as the first and second most important parts of our live. ( both Him and one another)..This wonderful show of love culminated itself at the cross. We are urged here to love one another as Jesus loves us. Maybe next time you get and urge, you will think of these....

Have a wonderful day...Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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