“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. 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.”
The Lord has had me thinking about Romans 12:1-2 in a new light. He has had me focusing on 5 words at the beginning of verse 1″in view of God’s mercy” . To me, these 5 words are helping me focus and refocus on what our Lord has done for me(us). I must not loose sight of God’s mercy. I must always keep His mercy in view or in the forefront of my mind. If I loose sight of God’s mercy I loose sight of all meaning and purpose in the way I behave and the things that I do. If I loose sight of God’s mercy what use is it to offer my body as a living sacrifice? This would only become some religious act. The same goes for choosing to live a Holy life – if I strive to do what is right I become some sort of legalistic religious nut.
Ahhhh! but if I am consumed by His mercy and love and grace and (with great thankfulness) I always keep His mercy in view He transforms me and renews me from the inside out. Not only that, I begin to receive the ‘mind of Christ’ and I begin to understand His good and pleasing and perfect will for my life.
Just a thought…