Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2)
Only a renewed life can delight in knowing and doing the will of God. Only a transformed mind can test the will of God, to prove that it is good, pleasing, and perfect. Just remember that this “renewing the mind,” is something you must do. When you first come the Lord He will transform your “inner man,” but you must renew your mind and crucify and deny your humanly desires.
The will of God is always good. He only asks us to do that which is good for us. He will not hurt us by his will and He only wants our best. He loves us and His Son, Jesus, died for us. How could He want anything but the best for us?
The will of God is pleasing. It pleases God and will ultimately please us. This is because it will result in a right relationship with God and will secure his blessing for us.
The will of God is perfect. Not only does God want good for us, he wants the best for us. He does not want us to settle for being a second-class member in his kingdom. His will is exactly what we need for where we are in our Christian walk. We can submit to his will, knowing that we are in the hands of a God we can trust with our lives.
So, we are changed by metamorphosis into new men and women and we are challenged by the mercy of God to give him our bodies as living sacrifices and renew our minds by meditating on His Word.
Okay, so let me ask you, “Are you His?” I am not asking if you have made a decision for Christ here. I am not asking if you are a believer or a disciple who has chosen to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. I am asking are you His? Have you given him all?
A friend of mine with a term to describe what many are creating in our churches today as “Christianity-Lite.” He described it as, “the home of the 5% tithe, the thirty-minute service with sermonettes for Christianettes. It is the place where the hymn of commitment is ‘I Surrender Some.’ Instead of ‘Standing on the Promises,’ we are sitting on the pews.” My friends, this is not what our Father has in mind at all.
He wants everything. Everything! He wants all your time. He wants all your money. He wants all your work hours. He wants all your leisure hours. He wants your family, your wife, your children, your car, your house. He wants all of you! Are you really His? I challenge you to be changed—not conformed—you must be transformed. Come to Christ for a change.
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