“Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
Biblical truths are meant to be practical, meaning, that what Christ has done for you on the cross is meant to cause you to live life in obedience, sacrifice, and to impact your understanding of God. Paul is teaching what it means to receive the “mercies of God” so that you are able to live according to those “mercies” and be what God always intended, image-bearers of His glory.
Our commitment to the “mercies of God” is demonstrated in obedience and sacrificial living. The basis of our commitment is that Jesus Christ has died for your sins and was resurrected and conquered the grave. You are to grab ahold of these truths and from here live life for Jesus knowing that your salvation is according to the grace He gives you. You live Holy because God is holy; that means practically avoiding sin to the best of your ability.
Living for Christ is spiritual worship. Spiritual worship is not just singing in church, but rejecting sin and living according to the will of God. The Holy Spirit empowers you to keep your eyes on Christ. The result of God’s commitment to you is that you are transformed. Your life is reoriented towards God and His merci
When your thinking is transformed, your life is transformed. Sin no longer seems appealing to you. “Renewing of your mind” places your focus on Christ and your life becomes a beautiful song of worship.
Question: Are you living according to the mercies of God? In what ways are you living sacrificially?
Challenge: Make a choice today to renew your mind according to God’s mercy and live for Him.
Prayer: Holy God, help me to live a pleasing life to you according to your mercies.
Alex Diaz, Chapel Leader -- Arizona Diamonbacks