1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Today’s Inspiration: Roman’s 12:1 and 2 are vital attributes God wants us to pursue. When we are to offer our body as a living sacrifice, in the context of the Bible it means we need to offer our whole being to be burnt like the Old testament offering of lamb to be burnt totally until there is sweet aroma. It no longer lives once it is offered as sacrifice. The flesh is burnt and lifeless and can no longer function as it used to function as it has no life. By observing Romans 12:1 our flesh dies. It is about a life of total surrender – a Biblical allegiance of submission. The portion that is living inside us is only the spirit of Christ. So if Christ is in you, your body is dead, and what remains is your life in the Spirit. 1 John 6:63.
To maintain life in the Spirit, we need to work out the process of transformation where the end is rule but not as individuals but a company of faithful, lovingly royal priesthood cherishing what each gives to the other. In fact this cannot be fulfilled without pain as with the Israelites suffering 40 years in the wilderness, but is the prelude to acquisition of wisdom to rule over many things over which God places His own in the kingdom. Matthew 11:25 (Revelation) and 25:21-23 (for those who multiply)
Without Romans 12:1 we cannot renew our mind in Romans 12:2. Transformation is the process that walks us in the end with rejoicing into the hall of the marriage feast. The transformation process is through a fellowship of like minded believers who helps each other lift your load far beyond yourselves. This fellowship enables us to forget all our wounded past and makes possible our pressing forward to the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14.
Individualism has never been favoured by God as He created us to be a chorus first to have communion with Him than with each other. This is why Jesus gave the command to love Him and love one another, Matthew 22:37-40 and to make disciples. Communion is always in the heart of God. So do these that you may be proven to perform the perfect will of God.
It’s not only about friends getting together but a company of disciples to edify, exhort and comfort. When you enter the individualistic mode you fall prey to sin of self pity.
The tender grapes of your new life are still in fragile blossom so beware of the little foxes who rule the garden before we experience much harvest of fruit in our lives. Songs 2:15. Therefore never cease from praying. Colossians 1:9-13.