“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2, NKJV)
As I prayed about what to write to you this week, I felt a stirring in my heart to give you something applicable to your daily living. Part of the reason we read the Bible, it seems to me, is to find something bigger than ourselves; something that will bring some obvious transformation to the way we think; the way we believe and live.
One question on a lot of people’s minds is, “What is God’s will for my life?” The simple answer, of course, is to receive Jesus as Savior and allow Him to be the Lord of your life. For the saved individual who feels as if they are merely drifting aimlessly from day to day, I would tell you with every fiber of my being, something Paul wrote in his letter to the Hebrews:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2, NLT).
Jesus came to the earth as the Word made flesh (see John 1:14). We have the Bible as the representation of Jesus in the world we live in. Therefore, when we keep our eyes in the Word; reading the Word, meditating on the Word and speaking the Word; we are, in a very real sense, keeping our eyes on Jesus. It is through the Word we discover that Jesus is the Father’s perfect will, and our coming into fellowship with God through Jesus is a part of that perfect will.
We see in Philippians 1:6 that the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to make us into the image of Jesus; as an exact imprint of His nature in our hearts because God gave us the nature of Christ when we asked Him to come and live inside. When we fully step into the will of God; seeking His direction and being obedient to Him, we will step into a flow of the Holy Spirit and we will experience a level of victory we’ve never known before.
You will discover as you read the Word of God, your ability to believe God will rise, the way you process life will change; how you love people around you will change, and even your peace of mind will increase. Jesus is the perfect will of God and because you are in Him, you are His perfect will also. Your fellowship with God is central to His plan!
“Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.” (James 1:18)
More next week!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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