Here's the starting point to knowing God's will - and part 3 of my 4-part summary of Steve Chong's talk on Romans 12:1-2.
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
We've seen that serving is our response to God's mercy.
It begins with
1. getting my body ready ("offer your bodies as living sacrifices")
2. getting my mind ready ("be transformed by the renewing of your mind").
Today we're looking at 2.
"be transformed by the renewing of your mind"
Our job is to have our minds renewed daily. It's not us doing the renewing - it's something God does in and for us.
Why? So we may be able to discern the will of God. So we can see what God wants from our lives.
How good is your eyesight in discerning what God wants from your life? If you can't discern his will, maybe there's a problem with your mind.
Here's God's will (drumroll, please) ..............
........he wants you - all of you - for him!
If you're not ready to have all of you used up for God, don't start serving. Get your mind and body ready.
At this point in the talk I pricked up my ears. I was reminded of James 1:5-7 & 4:1-9, which tells us to ask for wisdom, but warns us that God only gives wisdom to the one who's single-minded. If we're double-minded, we're to repent of our idolatry.
You may remember how this talk came in answer to my prayer for single-mindedness. Only when we're single-minded - only when we're prepared to give up everything for Jesus - will we have the wisdom to discern what he wants from us.
Of course, this isn't an on/off switch, for we're never completely single-hearted during this life. If we could only serve God once our motives were 100% pure, none of us could serve.
Still, it's true that it's impossible to serve God wholeheartedly when your heart is captured by something else. The more willing I am to give up everything, the clearer my vision will be, and the better I'll know what God wants from me.
Where those reflections led me, I'll tell you next time...
This is a summary of part of a talk given by Steve Chong at MTS Challenge Victoria.
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