We Can Do It!
Read Romans Chapter 2
Ro 12:1 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. 2 Do not conform 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.
Our minds are a complex creation of our Lord. It is amazing to me that we have the capacity to capture and hold so much information in our brains. Actually, we could say God created the first computer – our minds. Let me give you an example. How many songs do you know? I don’t mean remembering all the words, or being able to hum the tune perfectly. What I find remarkable is how many songs we can immediately recognize when we hear them sang or played. I’ve heard a lot of songs over the course of my life. I have forgotten most of them – until I hear them again. Then my mind digs into that memory storage chip and then I think, “I know that song.”
We are instructed to renew our minds. There are some clues in today’s passage which help us achieve that goal. But Paul also showed us why we need to renew our minds. He wrote, “THEN you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is.” Why does he include the word “then” in that sentence? There is a natural progression that can be seen.
- First, we must offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.
- Second, we must pull away from the way our world thinks and acts.
- After we accomplish these two tasks, our next step is to transform our minds.
- After we have done all three, THEN we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is.
In order to know God’s will, to think as He thinks, and wish to act as He acts, we have to change our minds about a lot of things. We must quit using our bodies in the same manner that the world does. We have the ability to see the sinfulness of our SSA actions as harmful. They are harmful to us and harmful to anyone else with whom we engage in those acts. The Holy Spirit has given us the ability to discontinue using our bodies this way. He continually speaks to our hearts and minds, telling us that we must turn from those behaviors and begin using our bodies to honor Christ.
By the same token, He continually tells us that our world is a screwed up mess. He shows it to us every day. Just by what we see, and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we know that we cannot continue to think like the world thinks or act as the world acts. Our minds have the ability to see these truths clearly and reprogram our minds to see as God sees. By offering our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, and as we quit thinking and acting as the world thinks, our minds can become transformed. We can now see and think clearly.
We cannot know God’s will for our lives as long as we have not transformed our minds. As long as we continue to act improperly, and think as the world thinks, God’s will escapes us. As we have studied in other devotionals, we have a work to do for our Lord. We have a responsibility to represent Him well in the realm of our own personal environment. For much too long, I was unwilling to submit to His word in regard to my bodily actions and the way I looked at the world. My mind had not been transformed. That only happened as I obeyed numbers 1 and 2 in the list above.
Prayer: Help us all, Lord, to listen to Your Spirit and to follow the steps Paul outlined in this passage. Forgive us for hesitating, lingering in the ways of this world, unable to be of maximum value to Your kingdom. We have not glorified and honored You as we should have. Continue to be patient with us, and to pound Your truth into our minds. We know it is possible, because Your word tells us it is.