“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. 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.” Romans 12:1-2
Today I want to talk about renewing your mind. What does is the meaning of renew? The best description I have come up with is rebuild. Renewing your mind is like tearing down your old way of thinking and building or replacing it with a new thought process that lines up with God and His Word. It’s like doing a “thought life” renovation. However, it doesn’t stop there, it is continuous. Renewing your mind is something that needs to be done daily to purge out the world view you are continuously exposed to. You could say “flushing” out the wrong thoughts you had yesterday and filling back up with God thoughts from God’s Word today. Renewing your mind is a process that can only be accomplished by taking in the Word of God. By lining your thinking up with God’s Word and God’s ways, you are lining your thoughts up with God Himself.
In today’s scripture Paul starts out by pleading with His readers (body of believers) by God’s mercy or God’s goodness in place of our deserved punishment. He wants his readers to honor God by giving their body/lives as a “living” sacrifice not a dead one. A living sacrifice is different than the sacrifice of blood that was required under the old covenant. In becoming a living sacrifice/offering we submit our life to God by being willing and obedient in all things. This is seemingly not an easy position to stay in. Most of us are “living sacrifices” that keep getting up off the altar because we are off doing our own thing again. However, Paul says this is our reasonable service or, in other words, the very least we should be doing because of what He has done for us. We can maintain our offering by purposefully submitting to God and His Word every day and trusting Him to lead our steps and attitude.
Next, he goes on to talk about renewing your mind, rebuilding to be transformed. The reality is that renewal of the mind is the only way to become the “living sacrifice”. It is not something you can do in your own efforts. To be a truly living sacrifice, there must be a daily submission to God’s plan and Word and then a willing heart to obey the direction He gives. He ends this thought by saying this is the only way to demonstrate the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. These are three different progressions. 1. turning from doing evil to doing good 2. becoming accepted or pleasing by serving others 3. walking out the perfect will/plan of God to completion!
Today, I want to encourage you to examine your life as a living sacrifice. Ask yourself if you are laying down your life/will daily to pick up the plan God has for you by renewing/lining up your thoughts with His Word. Then ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and make His path plain and His voice loud and clear so you can willingly obey every direction He gives. Then remember to thank Him for empowering you to offer up your life and lead your life in the way you should go.
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 12