ROMANS 12:1-2 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.
2. 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. Amp.
Sacrifice – d) an offering of the life of a person or animal, or the object, in homage to a deity. A giving up, destroying, etc. of one thing for the sake of another of higher value.
Attitude – d) a bodily posture showing a mental state or mood. A manner that show’s one’s disposition, etc.
Good – d) having the proper qualities: efficient, beneficial, fresh, valid, genuine, healthy, honorable, worthy, enjoyable, happy, dependable, reliable, thorough, morally sound.
Acceptable – d) worth accepting.
Perfect – d) complete in all respects, flawless,
The people back in Paul’s day were very familiar with the animal sacrifices that were offered not only by Israel but other nations. I am sure it was a very new and odd teaching that Paul was bringing to the Church. We can be blessed by the details that he brings to the scripture.
Most know that when you first come to the Lord that the old life in drugs, alcohol, sex and just bad behavior have to go. Not much is said about the sins of the heart, (anger, pride, bitterness, fear, greed, etc.) These are sins you cannot just walk away from. You have to see them and reject them and pray about them continually. These tend to affect our attitude and our mood if we let them.
We must chose to be separate from the world and not feed on it. If we are constantly watching and listening to the news, it will affect our attitude. I quit watching TV quite a while back, but returned to it when I was fighting battles with inner healing of wounds that I had. Although I have not watched TV for quite a while.
When the Coronavirus was first in the news, I knew nothing about it. My Spiritual Daughter Cheryl and I were going to a Church and everyone was reacting like it was the end. I knew nothing about it because I was not feeding upon the news, so I was fine and so was Cheryl.
If you obey this scripture you will not do what the world does. You draw your information daily from the wells of salvation. He promises in Psalm 121:5-8 that He is our keeper, He will keep your life from evil; He will keep your life. I just kept doing things the same way. I would have insulted Him if I had reacted in any other way. But I did not have to deal with all the bad reports and news that I believe was instigated by a spirit of fear.
My attitude must be pleasing to Him. There are times when it is not and I can tell because my joy level is down. There is never any time that He wants my joy level to be down. He promises to fill us with all joy in believing. However, it is a process that I have not completely learned. But we are working on it.
We have to grow up into the perfect will of God. We start out good, then acceptable and then He makes us complete and perfect in His sight and His will for us. What a beautiful thing that will be. He sees us now through the Light of Jesus and we are perfect in His eyes. Wouldn’t that be great if we could see what He sees? And yet that is just where our victory lies.
Thank You Jesus for loving us enough to share Your wonderful goodness, beauty and glory with us. Help us to be filled with Your good qualities so we can see what You see and have the proper attitude that will help us become the living sacrifice that is pleasing to You.