Romans 12:1-2 are such life-giving verses; let me read them to you. It says, “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 be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good pleasing and perfect will.”
So let’s break that down, because there are beautiful steps to follow in there. So, first of all, He says, “in light of your mercy;” this is such a beautiful heart posture to come from with God, to realize that we’re asking these requests of God, and He’s going to see us transformed by the renewing of our mind, because He’s merciful to us. That shows us that He wants to help us be transformed. He wants to help us go from glory to glory, and it gives us great encouragement that we’re doing this from a place of His love.
Then second of all, we get to look at this and say, because God has been so merciful to me, I’m going to offer myself as a living sacrifice. And literally what that means is going, “You know what? God, today, I’m not going to lean only on what I can think. I’m not going to be conformed to the world. I’m going to trust in you, and I’m going to offer my life to you today.”
And then the third step is it says, “don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” That means that the things that others think, like money is the thing that will help us get to the end of the month or, disciplining a child this way is the way you should do it. Those kinds of things that society says are norms, we get to go, “You know what? Lord what do you think about money? Lord, what do you think about how to raise our families? What do you think about relationships?” And because it comes from this place of knowing God’s mercy, He gets to show us beautiful truths from heaven.
And then the last piece of that verse says, “and then you will know what God’s good and perfect will is.” We often start with that first, right? “God, what do you want me to do? What is your will in this situation?” And He’s going, “Hold on, hold on, start from I’m being merciful to you, then offer yourself as a living sacrifice and go,” “God, I want to know what you’re thinking. ” Then the promise is that, “As you don’t listen to the world around you and just go that normal way, but ask Me what I’m thinking, I will show you what my will is.” Isn’t that the most beautiful thing? That God promises that He’ll show us and help our minds to be transformed, to think a new way, to think heaven’s way and to really see the fruit of heaven and the results of heaven come to pass in our circumstances that this is the way to do it.
So an example of what this looked like in my life was realizing that, the account balance in my bank isn’t what dictates my life. But that’s how the world runs. Like if you have a lot of money, then you can have this, this and this. If you don’t have a lot of money, then this, this, and this is going to happen to you. And the Lord said to me, one day, “You know what, Lisa? If you will release your hold on what your bank account balance is, that you feel bad if it’s low, and you feel good if it’s high, and you’ll let me show you what money looks like, you will begin to know what my will is and your mind will be transformed.” And so that’s the same promise for you, my friend; is that as you follow these steps in this beautiful pathway in Romans 12:1-2, whatever you’re struggling with now does not have to be what you continue struggling with. As God shows you, what His will is, His beautiful and pleasing and perfect will in your life.
So Jesus, thank you that you are with this person that’s watching. You’re with each one of us and you don’t leave us where our thinking was, but you beautifully show us what heaven feels instead, and we get to go from glory to glory, and understand how you want to walk through life with us, seeing us as transformed into your image. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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