Romans 12:1 ¶ 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.
I BESEECH YOU
“I beseech you therefore, brethren,”—Many times in the New Testament, you will find Paul “beseeching” or urging believers.
There are some Christians who believe that you are supposed to live the Christian life by letting go and letting God do everything. If that were the case, then Paul wouldn’t have beseeched so much!
The Christian life cannot be lived through our own strength, but neither is it lived without our effort. It is a life of cooperation with God and dependence on God—but it is not a passive life without effort.
Speaking of cooperation and dependence, that is where we turn next. What Paul is about to beseech us to do, he first says we are to do it in cooperation with God…