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 your true and proper 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.
Written by: Larry Van Laar
Being involved in ministry for many years now, I have often been asked by believers, “What is God’s will for my life?” Of course, this is always attached to a, “Should I go here or there?” or, “Should I attend this college or that?” or, “Should I marry this person or another?”
Nobody can answer these questions with any kind of certainty but I do know what God’s will is for our lives, generally speaking. It’s written very clearly in Romans 12:1-2. His will is that we be transformed. But transformed into what?
For the first 11 chapters of Romans, Paul lays out the foundation of salvation: God’s righteousness is ours through faith in Jesus. We are the undeserving recipients of God’s great mercy and grace. Then, there is a great “therefore.” He says we should not conform to this world, meaning the popular worldview that rejects Jesus and His teaching, but be transformed into God’s likeness. To be transformed into the likeness of God means taking on His character, which was laid out for us in this weekend’s teaching from Galatians—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. With great certainty, know this is God’s will for your life: that you bare His likeness.
Thought of the day: At some point in your Christian walk, there will inevitably come a time when you wonder about God’s will for your life and it will probably be in a particular area. According to Romans 12:1-2 if we no longer conform to the world (live like the rest of the world does in disobedience to God), then we “will be able to test and approve what God’s will is.” The question is: Will you allow yourself to be transformed?
Prayer: God, I want to bear Your likeness. Impress on me where I need to be more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and help me to have more self-control to transform in all these areas of my life. Amen.