Wednesday, December 30th

Wednesday, December 30th

With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to him and acceptable by him. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity. Romans 12:1-2 (PHILLIPS)

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

When we use the word theoretical we are dealing with an idea that is being thought about, talked about, but nothing is being done about it. When it comes to the spiritual things of God we have a tendency toward keeping them theoretical. We like thinking and talking about the spiritual things of God far more than we like doing something about them. This is because the spiritual things of God call for fundamental change in who we are and what we do. Our resistance to change is a major factor of why we leave the spiritual things of God in the realm of the theoretical.

The spiritual things of God make up the plan or will of God that he has in mind for our lives. The first part of our Romans passage called for us to make the commitment of "giving" ourselves (every aspect of who we as a living being) completely to God for the entire time we are here on earth. This is the first step we need to make in order to move from the realm of the theoretical to the realm of the actual in regard to the spiritual things of God. The middle part of the passage called for us to choose the tight embrace of the mercies of God over the tight embrace of the enticements of this world so that it really comes about that we "Don't let the world" have its way with us but rather, we let God have his way with us instead.

Today's Scripture, which is the last part of our Romans passage, speaks of our need to "prove in practice" the plan (or will) of God for our lives. Without the commitment of part one and the choice of part two, we will not genuinely be able to "prove in practice" the plan or will of God for our lives. But it works the other way as well. If we don't "prove in practice" the plan or will of God for our lives, it means we have not truly made the commitment of "giving" ourselves (every aspect of who we as a living being) completely to God for the entire time we are here on earth. It also means we have not truly chosen the tight embrace of the mercies of God over the tight embrace of the enticements of this world so that it really comes about that we "Don't let the world" have its way with us but rather, we let God have his way with us instead.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I do not want to be a theoretical Christian. I want to walk my talk and thought and truly "prove in practice" your plan and will for my life on a daily basis. Lord, renew in me the spirit of surrender, dependence, and victory. Fill me with expectation for genuine change through your powerful presence working in me and through me. Amen!

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