Romans 12 cont.

I think that Romans 12 is inspiring.  I continue to need to be reminded of what God desires me to be and how he desires me to live. 

“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.”

I printed out this whole chapter and have been studying it manuscript style.  I think I enjoy that style the most. I have the freedom to fill up all the edges of the page with thoughts and questions.  Here are a few:

1.  What is the pattern of this world?  What is it that we no longer should conform to? 

I decided to look up what that might have meant in the original…and what I found was that world refers to the current age – including the thoughts, motives, opinions, and aspirations.  Which could be obvious to most people, but I wanted to look it up.  So basically, do not conform to the way the world thinks.  Well…that could bring up more questions!  How does the world think?  I imagine that Paul was refering to our motives.  In verse one, Paul urges us to offers our bodies as living sacrifices…and calls it our “spiritual act of worship”.  I looked up spiritual and the greek refers to our our inner motives and desires.  It is talkings about the worship that takes place in our minds.  Which fits very well with talking about not conforming to the world’s thoughts and motives.  Instead we are to have our minds fixed on the Lord…in worship to him.  Our actions need to be true and without selfish motive as it is not worship if our minds are not in it.

Paul continues to write and tells us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”.  This goes hand in hand with everything written about already.  We need to be transformed from thinking like the world thinks…to instead think like God thinks.  And as a result of that – we will know God’s will!

I have more questions about the ending of the passage…knowing God’s will…pleasing? and perfect will.  But for now…

I just think the whole theme of this passage is beautiful.  telling us to consider and think about what Jesus Christ did for us, and respond to it!  Respond by focusing our thoughts on him.  Every action we do is in response and with the motive that we are serving Christ.  In order for this to happen…we need to be transformed – our minds need to be transformed.  For me, this needs to be a daily transformation!  Actually…more than daily! 

So whatever we are doing…it needs to be for Christ!  Be joyful in serving in all that we can.  He wants us to be alive, holy, and pleasing to him. 

My question of the day is this:

What needs to be renewed in my mind?  Are parts of my thoughts already conformed to the patterns of this world?

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