Romans 12:1-2 New Living Translation
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is true worship. Do not conform 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.”
Paul was urging the Roman Christians to make their own bodies a living offering to God. To urge is to earnestly recommend or encourage one to do something. It is a statement that is being made with sincere and intense conviction. The sacrificial system in place in the Old Testament and even in the new with the Pharisees and Sadducees (religious leaders in Jesus’ day) involved using animals without flaw. They were cut up and placed on an altar and consumed with fire to atone for sin. Paul is speaking of a living sacrifice; an individual who is in tune with those things that are pleasing to God.
Holy living is a foreign concept to most people in this day and age. We stand as sanctified and holy in the eyes of God due to our acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross at Calvary; however, his desire for us is to live a life that is set apart for His use. We are to do that which lines up with His word and thus is pleasing in his sight. Many times, in the interest of comfort or convenience, we make God an afterthought. We know what we should do but hesitate because it would make our lives a little more complicated.
The world has one way of doing things and God any quite another. The renewing of our minds comes from reading His word, not reading into it what we want it to say, but reading it with an open heart and mind. It’s a good thing to ask the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts regarding that which God wants us to know. Putting God’s word into practice requires being obedient to that which we know we’re being asked to do. The compassion and understanding of God is limitless; however, there comes a time in each believer’s life when they must allow themselves to be fully transformed by God. In light of his incredible mercy it’s truly the least we can do. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.