The will of God is something I’ve been thinking about lately. And of course it is probably the most asked question I get from others, “What is the will of God for my life?”
I was told years ago that the scriptures reveal to us God’s will. They tell us what to do and how to live so present yourself to God and “renew your mind” with God’s truth.
Romans 12:1-2, Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
God in His mercy has given us new life. It begs the question, “What are you going to do with your life?”The exhortation is to present our bodies as a living and holy sacrifice. Soon as I wrote this the thought entered my head that we dishonor them when we offer them to the idols of this world. Damn! How many times have I dishonored my body? When we offer up our bodies to Him, are we saying that they belong to Him? I think so.
King David observed, The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Psalm 51:17). I believe these sacrifices are holy and acceptable to God.
When the Israelites intentionally withheld their best animals to sacrifice, God was not pleased. I believe we are to withhold nothing from God, to offer God everything, presenting ourselves to God means total commitment.
Sacrifice isn’t a word we hear much these days in our churches. Perhaps it is time for us to revisit these truths and ask God for a fresh vision of what sacrifice, holiness and the mercy of God look like? Hopefully you’ll wrestle with these words and come to some conclusion.