When you were in school, didn’t you just love it when your math teacher would give you a problem to solve and say, “Show your work?” That meant she wanted you to not just give the correct answer, but to demonstrate the process by which you came to that answer.
Christians are commanded to “prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” by our righteous lives (Romans 12:2b). It’s good to know the Bible answers, but are we showing it in our lives? And how exactly are we to do that? Romans 12:1-2 give us a clear answer!
By Living Sacrificially (Rom. 12:1). Sacrifice is key to the Christian life because our God is sacrificial. The highest form of love is shown by sacrifice (John 3:16; 15:13). That’s why Paul tells us to present ourselves to God as a “living sacrifice.” In other words, live sacrificially so others can be drawn to Christ!
By Not Conforming to the World (Rom. 12:2). Before we became Christians, we were part of the world (Eph. 2:1-2; 4:17-20). The church, however, is admonished to be separate from the world (2 Cor. 14-17). Don’t allow the world to pour you into its mold!
By Being Transformed (Rom. 12:2). The mold God wants us to be poured into is Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18) and to be clothed with Him (Rom. 13:14). We are to be shaped day by day into the image of His Son!
Do you know the good and acceptable and perfect will of God? Then show your work!
Judsonia church of Christ