Acceptable to God – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Acceptable to God

Romans 12:1, 2

  • I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
  • And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Intro:

               A. The Request – present your bodies a living sacrifice

               B. The Requirement – holy, acceptable unto God

               C. The Reasonable – which is your reasonable service

Greek: reasonable is logical

I. The Definition

There is a difference in being “accepted” and being “acceptable.”

  • Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Thanks to Calvary, we have already been accepted.

There is no chance of us being rejected as a child of God.

Nothing can separate us from the love of God. – Romans 8:35-39

As children of God, we cannot be rejected.

However, our WORKS – our LABOR, our SACRIFICES can be rejected if they are not found acceptable.

ACCEPTABLE: well pleasing, acceptable (Romans 12:1, 2)

NOTE: Acceptable is also translated “well pleasing”

  • Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
  • Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
  • Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

II. The Demand

Not just any sacrifice will do.

God demands certain things.

God has standards, even if we don’t.

God does not have the “I’ll take whatever I can get” attitude.

He’s not sitting in Heaven, waiting for our crumbs and our leftovers.

Illustration: Genesis 4:4, 5 – God had respect unto Abel’s sacrifice; but he had not respect unto Cain’s.

First Mention Principle: Leviticus 22:20 But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.

  • Jeremiah 6:20 To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.

III. The Desire

Each of us should desire to present to God that which is acceptable.

  • Romans 12:2 – “…that ye may be able to PROVE what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
  • Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

PROVING: to test, examine, prove, scrutinise (to see whether a thing is genuine or not), as metals; to recognise as genuine after examination, to approve, deem worthy

We need discernment in order to offer to God acceptable sacrifices.

We should desire to prove what is acceptable. Here are just a few areas…

Acceptable in our Private Life

  • Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Acceptable in our Pursuit

  • Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Acceptable in our Prayer Life

1 Timothy 2

  • 1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
  • 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
  • 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Acceptable in my Patience

  • 1 Peter 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

Conclusion:  Turn to Malachi 1:6-14

POLLUTED: to defile, pollute, desecrate, to stain

I don’t want to offer my Savior polluted, sacrifices.

I want to present my body a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God.

I want to prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God.