If you’re impatient like me, I get bored easily when I watch television. The last television series I regularly watched was 24, more than a decade ago. Although I may get lost from time to time when marathons of Bones, Castle or Joan of Arcadia come on, I prefer thinking rather than watching. While Joan of Arcadia is one of the few series that satisfied my spiritual hunger, I still long for something made to last.
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship, Romans 12:1.
The apostle Paul touches on this topic in today’s featured passage. If you’re searching for something made to last, pursuing a spiritual act of worship is a great place to start. Paul uses a similar analogy in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, adding freewill to make Christians examine their degree of dedication to the Lord. Whenever you chose to follow God’s Spirit, Galatians 5:25, you’re well on the way to pleasing the Lord.
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you], Romans 12:2.
However, if you want to leave a spiritual legacy on earth, discovering God’s will for your life is the place to start. In a letter to a teenage pastor, Paul urges believers to put their spiritual gift and talents into action, 2 Timothy 1:6. A list can be found of these gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:1-13. If you want to be all you can be in life, reaching your full potential, long for something made to last by pursuing God’s will for your life on earth.
by Jay Mankus