“Do not conform 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.” Rom. 12:2 (NIV)
Writing recently about being a living sacrifice, I made the point that it begins by cultivating the attitude of a servant that over time progresses to us acting like a servant. Sacrificial living is critical to the integrated life because the integrated life has Jesus Christ at the center…not us.
The last section of today’s verse teaches us about the results of sacrificial living. When we live with Jesus at the center of our lives, we find His good, pleasing and perfect will for our lives.
As we submit control of our lives to Jesus, we begin to experience a life that He is leading. It is a life being lived according to His will…not our own. When we let go of control…it is like falling backwards into His arms. We fully trust that he will be there to catch us.
As He controls our lives, we are by definition living in His will.
Paul tells us that as we experience the Christ-centered life, we will find that it is a perfect fit for us. We will live as God created us to live.
Paul reminds us in Ephesians 2:10 that God has a specific plan for us. We enter into that plan, not by our own scheming, but by surrendering to His will.
And as we undertake the good works that God has specifically designed for us…we will find them pleasing. They will fit our gifting well and we will be able to accomplish them as needed.
This pleasure and obvious fitting of His will to our lives proves that His will is perfect. This is how we achieve shalom and abundant living…living the sacrificial life by surrendering our will to Him.
It’s the life we were created to live.
Prayer: Lord, help me to fully surrender and entrust my life to You!