I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1, 2 ESV)
In chapter 12 Paul turns his argument from explaining the great work and purposes of God in the gospel to our proper response. We are to offer ourselves to God to the point that regard our bodies as living sacrifices, wholly devoted to the Lord. To do this goes against the way of the world and a our flesh, which Paul has already shown us in the earlier chapters to be corrupt and opposed to God. Our sacrifice to God means not being conformed to this world. That means not seeking the things that the world says we need to have a good life. That’s hard! How is that to happen? It is to happen by renewing our minds. We are to learn how to see life, the world, and everything through a Biblical worldview.
When you are at school or work or out with friends, what are the things and practices most valued? How does this compare with God’s values?
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 1 Sa 14, Ro 12, Jer 51, Lk 19