“I exhort you, therefore, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer yourselves as a sacrifice, living and set apart for God. This will please him; it is the logical “Temple worship” for you. In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the ‘olam hazeh [world]. Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed.” Romans 12:1-2 CJB
I am not an individual who enjoys reading the same thing over and over and over again. I may reread it once or twice, not anymore than that. Whenever I finish reading a book, I have to put it aside for a long while before going back and reading it again. However, I have been reading Romans 12 again and again for some time now. Every time I reread it, it is fresh. Although Holy Spirit is ministering to me through the entire chapter, my main focus for now will be the first two verses; within which I sense a need for us to realign the manner in which we serve or minister to God.
The first thing that stood out to me was “… in view of God’s mercies, …” When I look at this, I believe that the writer is saying, “As I consider or give regard to the mercies of God, I encourage you to give total control and use of yourself to Him.” The thing that you most want to keep – your will, your body, your mind, your entire being – give it to Him. And do not give it to Him, as if it is a burden to do so. Give it to Him with joy, full of life and with vigor, energy, determination and passion.
It has become a ritual and routine for a lot of us to go to church every Sunday morning, to the point where missing a couple weeks may be viewed as sinning or even backsliding. However the truest form of worship we can offer is giving ourselves fully to the LORD without reservation.
When we give ourselves to Him then we will not allow ourselves to be in agreement with or follow the norms and patterns of this world. Instead we will allow Him to influence us, which would change our mindset and view of life. We will be aligned with His thoughts and His ways. We will then begin to know and understand what the will of God is for our lives. We will also understand that His will for us is the best; it will give us joy and contentment; as well as bring us to His expected end for us.
As we realign our service let us offer the truest form of worship – relinquishing all that we are over to him in submission to His will.
– Offering ALL that I Am