Romans 12:1-2 states,"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Everything written in these two verses is for the believer. I love the way Paul starts in verse one, "I appeal to you...by the mercies of God...". Even though everything in these two short verses is good and something that, as God's children, we should long for and desire, it is difficult and impossible outside of the mercies of God. Paul is writing to believers and yet he appeals to them, he urges them, he pleads with them, to worship the Lord with all their lives, to submit to the Lord as a living sacrifice... acknowledging it through the mercies of God. This type of speech is not just a nice encouragement or friendly Hallmark card. It's a yearning to see God's children obey and fall under the mercies of God and into knowing the heart of the Lord. Why?
For our comfort? For huge worldly blessings? For favor? No! So that we may discern and know what the will of God is. For it is good and perfect. What a great promise and reminder today that God desires us to be in his will. That he has provided every opportunity to know and discern his heart toward his children through Christ's life and death and resurrection, and through God's mercies for his people. For it is worship and good, and God greatly wants to bless his children with spiritual gifts, things in such contrast with the world that it takes presenting our very bodies and lives to the Lord of the universe. It's a costly sacrifice, but look at what we gain! That we may gain a relationship with and know the mind of the Lord.
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