“I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you.” (Romans 12:1-2)
This is a plea to followers of Jesus to consider all God has done and to live in ways that please Him. We are to consider our life as a sacrifice to the Lord. We are to live a holy life, one set apart for a purpose, to please God in all we do. Jesus said it this way, “Anyone who wants to follow me must put aside his own desires and conveniences and carry his cross with him every day and keep close to me!” (Luke 9:23).
We need to think in a new way, we are not to copy the behavior and customs of this world. “Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things, center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart” (Philippians 4:8).
The result of thinking the right way is that “His ways will really satisfy you.”
Question: Are you letting the behavior and customs of this world influence your thinking? Are you living a holy life, one that pleases Jesus?
Challenge: Read Philippians 4:8 in several translations and pick one version and memorize this verse that tells us how we need to think.
Prayer: Jesus, help me think in ways that please You. Help me to center my mind on what is excellent and worthy of praise. Help me to transform my mind and not act and think like the world around me. Help me to live holy before You.
Jack Hughes, Chapel Leader -- Phillies Spring Training