I’m not sure the reason why God pulled me from my Chronological read-through of the Scriptures, but He has put Romans 12 on my heart. I’ve never done a true “dig-in” study like He is leading, so bear with me.
He has burdened my heart with how far we as Christians have fallen from our callings. We strive to minister to “culture” but walk a very fine line of letting “culture” transform our thinking. It’s a tricky, tricky balancing act. So, what does Paul say? He calls us to be a “living sacrifice to God” and in Romans 12, spells it out step by step for us.
Walk with me through Romans 12, and let’s help each other become living sacrifices to our Father.
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
Romans 12:1-2 (AMP)
There are a lot of words there, so let’s simplify it a bit.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)
I fail quite often at giving EVERYTHING about my daily life to God. So many mornings, I wake, put on a pot of coffee, and before it’s finished brewing, I’m involved in the business of the day. *head-desk* No wonder I fall flat on my face by the end of the day, and have only a long list of “I should have done this differently” or “I really regret that” type of sins to confess to Him. Imagine if we TRULY turned over the reigns to Him. Presenting our entire day to God as an offering before our feet hit the floor. What would be the first thing we do? I’d probably still put on a pot of coffee, but only as a predecessor to grabbing my Sword and digging in God’s instruction manual and spending time over a cup of coffee with my Greatest Friend!
We are to strive to be holy and pleasing to God in all that we do. All that we do! I can say, I’m not always holy and pleasing when stuck in traffic…or while seeking a checker at WalMart. Everything we do and say should be an act of worship to the Father!! I think I need to create a nice, big piece of artwork with that statement bolded at the center and place it where it can be seen and read several time a day! We have to change our thinking, change our heart condition, change our lives!
Giving our every day to God, we are more open to hearing from Him, recognizing His path for us, unashamedly and confidently following His will. We are confident in His Word, and do not rely on the words of men. It’s then that the world around us takes notice. We don’t waver. We stand firm in our faith and belief. We aren’t afraid to take a stand for Christ.
I’m ready to start the walk…will you join me?Once we grasp hold of that life-changing mindset, we can take on our world. We can confront our culture head on without fear of being changed by it…but with Christ
at our side ruling our hearts we can change our culture. (Just typing those words seems so EXTREME.)