“…in view of God’s mercy…”

Bible Thought Thursday

 

Romans 12:1-2

This is my life verse.

What do I mean by that?

This describes what I believe God is calling my life to be.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy. to offer yourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the patterns 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.

I want to break these two verses down.

Verse 1 —

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer yourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.

…In view of God’s mercy…

What is mercy?

Mercy is described (dictionary.com) as compassionate treatment, clemency, a disposition to be kind and forgiving, a blessing.

 

What mercy did God show us?

greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:13

God came to Earth as Jesus [John 1:1,14] – He paid the price for our sins.  He forgives us of our sins, the very definition of clemency.  God’s mercy is that we do not pay the price for our sins

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our LORD.

Romans 6:23

So now, because of God’s mercy, because he came and paid the price for our sins we are to:

…offer yourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God…

A sacrifice is something offered to a deity to appease or pay homage, a forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have greater value or claim.

As living sacrifices that mean we are to live our lives in a way that honors God, pleases God, reflects who God is because he now lives in us. Our spiritual journey does not begin at death, but at the point we turn our lives over to God and allow him to lead us.

 

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? you are not your own, you were bought at a price.  Therefore, honor God with your bodies.

~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

… this is your true and proper worship.

We were created to worship.  You see it at sporting events and concerts.  We love our stars, our athletes, our musicians.  God created us with a spirit of worship.  But his intention was for us to worship him, not just in words and song, but in actions.  In how we live our lives.

Does my choice please God?

Does my choice bring honor to God?

Does my choice show others the love of God?

If you can answer “no” to any of these, the choice that has been made is not an act of worship, it is not an act of one who is living as a living sacrifice.

 

Verse 2 —

Do not conform to the patterns 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.

Do not conform to the patterns of this world…

To conform is to act in accordance or harmony, to comply, to become similar in form, nature, or character.

We are called to be set apart.  To be different than what others see in the world around them.  We are to be a reflection of who God is, not a reflection of the sinful world we live in.

What are some of the patterns of this world?

1.) A lack of respect for ones body.  Wearing immodest clothing  — Just because you can [ie. you have the body for it], doesn’t mean you should.

2.) A lack of respect from our nations youth.  One does not automatically deserve respect, respect is earned by acting respectfully to other. If you are rude to someone, then count yourself lucky when they’re not rude back to you.

3.) Expecting others to cheer on sin and support decisions they believe are erroneous. Tolerance does not mean accepting another’s believes or decisions. Tolerance is treating other kindly even when you disagree with them.  Just because they don’t agree, doesn’t mean they hate.  Disagree and hate are very different.

…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

To be transformed is to be changed in form, appearance and / or character.

Following God should change you.  As you learn more about the one who created you, it is hard to stay the same.  As one allows God to guide them, characteristic of their leader [God] should be evident in their lives.

Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.

It is hard for me to believe that I will ever understand God’s will.  That I would ever be worthy to “test” God’s will.  But as I grow closer to him I have learned that I have a better instinct about the choices He would want me to make [based on what I have read in the Bible].

This last part of this verse doesn’t seem so intimidating when I realize that my relationship with God is bringing me to the point where I do not have to question what God wants of me.

 

 

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy. to offer yourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the patterns 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.

 

Do you have a live verse? What does it mean to you?

Share in the comments if you do

 

 

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