Romans 12:1-2, NIV:  “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”

“Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy...,” Paul writes, “so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God's mercy to you” (Romans 11:30-32). In view of God’s mercy, we see ourselves for who we are. We have been disobedient and are undeserving. If we do not see ourselves that way, perhaps we need to more fully understand His mercy, and how great a salvation we have in Christ. In view of His mercy we are awestruck by His love for us, and baffled by the extent of His grace. It is in view of God’s mercy that we should then live our lives as a continual and grateful response to that mercy. If we look at our lives with all honesty, we will see we are more conformed to the pattern of the world than we should be. Perhaps it is time we put aside selfish want, and become determined to live life sacrificially--in view of God’s Mercy.