Scripture reading for June 30th: Romans 12
“Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided you continue in His kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.” (Romans 11:22) Paul had warned the Gentile believers and churches severely concerning their continuance in the kindness of God. God would not show favorites! He cut off the Jews who did not believe in Christ or continue in faith and He would also judge believers who fell away from trusting in God’s mercy!
“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. 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)
It is God’s mercy to us that inspires our devotion. As we understand how good and kind God has been to us through the sacrifice of His Son, we offer our bodies to Him as a sacrifice. Christ was the final blood sacrifice, and now in the New Testament times we are urged to willingly become ‘living sacrifices’! We no longer use our bodies to promote our selfish desires but learn what pleases God through prayer and studying His Word.
Our minds must be renewed because our thinking determines our actions! In order to test and approve God’s good and perfect will, we must train our minds by studying and memorizing His word. Through a dedicated body and a renewed mind that is transformed to think God’s thoughts we will please Him and continue in His mercy!