Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
Do you want to know my will? Do you want to walk in my ways? Yes, I want to know your will and walk in our ways. That is very good. If you want to know my will and walk in my ways there is one thing that you must do and one thing that you must not do. Now, you have my full attention. I would say that you have made me curious. But, curious is too weak of a description of my state of mind. I am far more than curious. I passionately want to know how I can know your will and walk in your ways. Let’s start with what you must do. Let’s talk about that. Whatever you suggest.
If you want to know my will and walk in my ways you must allow me to use my word to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life. How will I go about allowing you to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life with your word? That is a very important question with a very simple answer. I’m listening. You must come to meet with me in my word. That’s it? Yes, that’s it. Were you expecting something deeper. Were you anticipating something more profound. I’m not sure.
You must meet with me in my word so that my word dwells in you richly. What will that look like? How will I know if I am allowing your word to dwell in me richly? That is another good question with another equally simple answer. You must set apart a sacred time and special place to meet with me in my word. How often? How often do you need my word to dwell in you richly? I need your word to dwell in me richly every day. Then, you have your answer.
What will I do when I meet with you in your word? You will read my word. You will study my word. You will meditate on my word. You will memorize my word. You will pray my word. Finally, you will put my word into practice. When you do all of these things with my word, you will take a firm grip on my word. When you do all these things with my word, it will take a firm grip on you. This is how you will let my word dwell in you richly when you meet daily with me in it.
You mentioned something that I must not do if I want to know your will and walk in your ways. Yes, I did. What is that? You must not allow your heart and mind and life to be conformed to the world. If I have a firm grip on your word and your word has a firm grip on me there is no chance for that to happen. No, there is not. Then you will know my will. Then you will be walking in my ways. I am looking forward to that. That is very good.
Lord, for too long I have allowed my heart and mind to be molded and shaped by the world. Instead, I want to offer myself as a living sacrifice to you. Change my heart and transform mind, by your word, so I can know your will your will and walk in your ways. Amen
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