This week I have been meditating on Romans 12 and haven’t really made it past verse 2.
So, brothers and sisters, because of God’s mercies, I encourage you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God. This is your appropriate priestly service. Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is-what is good and pleasing and mature. (Romans 12:1-2, CEB)
We all want to know what God’s will is, and Paul says that comes by the renewing of our minds. This transformation comes about when we lay aside our preconceived ideas and seek to see things from someone else’s perspective, especially Christ’s. Throughout the New Testament we find the encouragement to love — love God and love others as ourselves. The transformative power of putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes is amazing and opens up opportunities to fulfill the command to love others as ourselves. I shouldn’t be surprised to discover God’s will — love.
Grace and peace,