1 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.
2 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]. Amplified Bible
Vs 1: GOD has had Mercy on us. In fact, we are alive because of GOD’s Awesome Mercy. Thus, Paul admonishes us to offer our bodies to GOD as Living Sacrifices. Holy and Pleasing to Awesome JEHOVAH GOD. This is in fact, our spiritual act of worship, our true and proper worship (NIV).
Hurray! Paul shows us how to worship GOD. We do not have to consult the Oxford English Dictionary again!
How do we offer our bodies as Living Sacrifices? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the verb ‘sacrifice’ signifies giving up something valuable or important. To achieve a goal you deem more important or get a result you deem more important or to give this thing to someone you deem more important than having that thing. Thus, we should devote or dedicate all our members and faculties to serving and pleasing Awesome GOD. This we do by protecting our members and faculties from desecration by sin and worldly desires.
Thus, being a living sacrifice signifies giving up worldly pleasures to please GOD and make HIM proud. Like Paul said, certain things are good. Yet, only some of these things are beneficial (:). This is something we should always keep in mind. To be a Living Sacrifice, we have to fear GOD. This is something we cannot do on our own. It goes beyond thinking that the moment you slip, you are set for hell fire. The fear of the LORD is a lifestyle, a journey, a process. This can only come by the Empowerment of the HOLY GHOST (Isaiah 11: 3).
Vs 2: Paul admonishes us not to conform to the trend and fashion, amongst other things of this age/generation. The things of this world are fashioned after and adapted to the superficial customs of this world. Rather than conform, we should be transformed by the entire renewal of our minds. When our minds are renewed by GOD’s WORD, we get new ideals and a new attitude. This helps us decide what the perfect Will of GOD is. Not HIS Permissible Will. But, what GOD thinks is good for us.
We should not conform to the things of this world. This means our personal values should not be decided by the things deemed OK by the world. Only by the things deemed OK by GOD’s WORD. Also, some things are not expressly prohibited in the Bible. Yet, to do them is wrong. How do we know it’s wrong? The SPIRIT of GOD tells us. GOD has resorted to writing HIS Law on the tablets of our hearts (Jer. 31:33). So, we have no excuse for disobedience. The fact that something is right in the eyes of others, does not mean it is actually right.
Thus, we need to eat and digest the WORD. This way, we can have our minds completely renewed in CHRIST. As a man thinketh in his heart so is he (Prov. 23: 7). If our minds are completely renewed by GOD’s WORD, it is easier to say no to sin and ALL kinds of temptation. It is easier to live a pure and righteous life according to Awesome GOD’s Standards. It is also easier to know GOD’s Perfect Will for our lives. Thus, when we are at that crossroad, and we do not know what road to take or what decision to make, we should simply ask the HOLY SPIRIT for direction. HE is our Lamp who turns our darkness into light (2 Sam. 22: 29). How do we ensure the continued Presence of the Awesome HOLY SPIRIT of GOD? By ALWAYS studying and meditating on the WORD. The WORD is Spirit and Life, says JESUS CHRIST in John 6: 63. Thus, we need to have the WORD continually in our words, thoughts and deeds to ensure the continued Presence of the HOLY SPIRIT. This way we will always live holy, pure and righteous lives according to Awesome JEHOVAH’s Standards. And, we will always be sure of the Perfect Will of Awesome JEHOVAH GOD for our lives on earth.
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Word. Amen.
GOD bless you :):):)
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