“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not confirmed: to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may be able to prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2)
As dear children of God, we’re expected to ensure that our bodies are kept holy in all aspects. We’re not just ordinary persons. We are God’s property, we have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20). So we’re to see ourselves as living sacrifice unto God, wholly sold out to Him. We are not to live as if we own ourselves, but to understand that we belong solely to Him. Therefore, whatever we do should reflect that reality in order to be able to please Him.
But to do this, verse two tells us not to be conformed to this world system, rather, be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
Without the renewing of our mind, it’s impossible to be able to discern the acceptable and perfect will of God. So our mind plays a vital role in we knowing and doing God’s will. Hence the need for it to be transformed.
But how can our mind be renewed? It’s simply by feeding it with God’s word through meditation. Psalm 1 talks of meditating on God’s word, not occasionally, but day and night. That speaks of consistency and frequency. It says that it is then we’ll be able to bring forth fruit, and whatsoever we do shall prosper. (Vs 2-3).
Yes, that’s God’s will for our lives – to prosper. But our part is to first renew our mind to think as God thinks concerning us. We must have the mind of God to receive what God has for us.
Rev Akanniye AKPAN is based in Lagos, Nigeria