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October 6, 2016

Greetings,

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. (or reasonable service)  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12: 1-2

Everyone I know or run into wants to know what God’s will is for their life.  Who doesn’t?  In this short passage Paul lays out pretty clearly what we need to do to find out what His will is for us.  It starts with us becoming a living sacrifice.  Which is not an easy task.  Jesus tells us to “deny ourselves, take up OUR cross and follow HIM.”  Death to self is a common theme in Paul’s writings and being a living sacrifice means that we basically become living dead “men”.  We need to surrender completely all of our total being to the service of God and hold nothing at all back.  All our hopes, dreams, desires and talents need to go voluntarily to the altar of sacrifice. We need to be emptied of self and filled to the top with Jesus and His Spirit.  This is a huge task to surrender all in such a manner, but this is our Spiritual act of worship.  That’s right worship is about self denial and NOT about singing a few Spiritual songs.  We may praise Him with our lips, but self surrender is about giving ALL there is to God.  We may think this to be an impossible task, but other translations simply call it our REASONABLE service.  This surrender is not about going over and above what is simple and needed.  It is just a reasonable response to all that Jesus accomplished for us with His birth, life, crucifixion, death and resurrection.

The next part of being able to know God’s will for our lives is to not allow ourselves to be conformed to the pattern of this world.  This means we come to a place where we are able to deny ourselves of the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.  We are not to do or to act in the manner that the world does.  This is very difficult to do, especially in this day and age when most of the modern traditional “Church” has patterned itself after the ways of the world.  Most “Churches” have professional LEADERS and operate like corporate businesses these days with Pastor CEO’s and professional boards.  Plus many “churches” pattern parts of their services according to modern advertising methods in order to draw more new members and tithers to their Sunday morning shows.  In addition, these “churches” focus on programs and money instead of relationships.

Finally, if we want to know God’s will for our lives we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  That means to stop thinking like the world and start thinking like God.  Our minds are renewed by spending intimate time with Jesus and those who love Him in free and open fellowship.  One of the main ways to do this is to spend quality time reading the bible and learning about how God thinks, but even better is spending time with sisters and brothers who know Him, His Word, and His ways.  Because as always, “Iron sharpens iron.”

If we do all these things and in increasing measure, we will then be able to know, test and approve what God’s will is….His good, pleasing and perfect will.   Now who doesn’t want to know that?  If you want to know it, well then you are going to have to live it! ……..  and live it without any compromises whatsoever.  The good news in all of this is we don’t have to do all this in our own power.  The fact is, that who Jesus calls, He also equips and all we have to do is ask, seek and knock and the door will be opened for us  This is NOT at all about our skills, talents and intellects.  HIS Holy Grace will always compensate for what we lack.  The one thing we must do to gain the mind of Christ is to surrender, and after that surrender some more.  “The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 24

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments
  1. "BK" permalink

    Great post and thoughts. I would like to continue on with the chapter because I believe therein lies the keys of being a living sacrifice and it follows the line of thought so prevalent in your blog! It is CONSIDERATION FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE BODY AND THEIR INPUT INTO YOUR LIFE (which you do alude to in this blog). [3] For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
    [4] For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
    [5] So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

    The chapter then goes on in more detail how these varied manifestations of Spirit look. Amen.
    Love, “BK”

    • Great point BK! Growing in the faith is a WE thing and not just a ME thing. I so agree.

  2. Sue heumann permalink

    Christopher, your words were right on point for me this week. Having my mom-in-law here this summer and fall is not bringing out the best in me I fear! I delight in these words because I know they are for me today. Nothing terrible here, just not getting my own way 100% of the time! Aaaagh we are such selfish creatures. But striving for love and unity among the two other Christians in this home is my goal….that takes sacrifice. I am so thankful Jesus helps me to do it 1Thess 5:24 is the verse I’m holding dear. Even holding Jesus dearer…… Thanks for the encouragement!

    • Sue, I am so glad you found encouragement and comfort in my words. Today is just your turn to receive, tomorrow it may be me…for many times you have been a source of EXACT encouragement to me in a given situation. Love you sister!

  3. Sue heumann permalink

    How awesome is our God?!!?!

  4. Amy Levine permalink

    Awesome article! Yes & amen. Spending time with the Lord is our ultimate goal. As we surrender our lives to Him & release all things into His care, we will be more inclined not to live in the anxiety of finding “God’s will” in our life. It truly comes by revelation & the trials that He sets before us. Choices that we make every day in learning the art of “trusting Jesus”
    One needs to be cautious & not let the desire to know His will become the emphasis. As an example, look at a wheel and examine it in a spiritually minded way. The hub is Christ! All the spokes: surrender, healing, God’s will, prayer, reading of the Word, etc must never become the hub. Our blessed Lord Jesus is the Eternal One that must be the center of our Longings.

  5. Amy, you are absolutely right…Christ must be central in ALL things we are and do. If we abide in HIM alone we supernaturally bear fruit. This comes from simply BEING in HIM and is NEVER a work of our flesh or mind.

  6. tom ball permalink

    “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind..” This is one of my favorite verses.

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