Romans 12:1-2

Worship leaders know Romans 12:1-2. It is one of the best “worship is a lifestyle” verses you can find. It teaches us that worship is a sacrifice of our lives to God and His will and way.

“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 patterns 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)

I’ve been reading through Romans. When I got to chapter 12, I decided to read the notes for the whole chapter (you know, the really small fine print at the bottom of the page). The notes for verse 2 jumped out at me and I thought they would be good food for thought for you as well:

“The key to living a transformed life is cultivating a renewed mind. The Christian who is too lazy mentally to drink deeply from God’s revealed Word or to think courageously about the meaning of personal faith will tend to be shaped by institutionalized values and socially acceptable modes of thought (emphasis mine). The teacher may become the lazy person’s god. The teacher must remain an instrument through whom God can work to challenge learners to think, question, and change. The Christian must find God’s will personally and individually. No teacher can find God’s will for me. Spiritual transformation through learning is a continuing process, not a once-for-all accomplishment.”

What do you think about this?

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