After practicing for tomorrow’s PM service, we gathered in groups and shared lives together. The women gathered in a pack while the men where divided into two: musicians and singers.
The worship pastor then lit the conversation with this simple verse from Romans 12:1-2:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 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.
It felt so refreshing to grasp the power of God’s mercy in our lives. There are a few keywords that were expounded while we were sharing. Urge, God’s mercy, transformed, and God’s will.
First of all, it was Paul who expressed his thoughts and deep revelation of what God’s will is when he urged the people to live a life of sacrifice, or selflessness. When he told the people this, he was not just babbling or jabbering about worship. He urged. Urge means, “to try earnestly or persistently to persuade (someone) to do something”. In other words, Paul believes that when the people does this, the result is sure. That there is already a proof of what it is to offer our lives as living sacrifices.
Before we renew our mind, we should also remember God’s mercy. Mercy for security, that is. As a worshiper, we live our lives with pure security that no insecurity will try to hold on to us. That no matter what, we are secured in Him.
When we acknowledge that we already have that security, we will be able to smoothly go against the flow of what the world dictates in all circumstances. If the world says, do; God says don’t. It won’t be that hard for us because we are secured that God is the ultimate basis of confidence. Ergo, transforming in the likeness of Jesus Christ is not going to be so hard, yet challenging.
The result of this, of course, is receiving God’s good, pleasing and perfect will. How’s that? Good. Pleasing. And perfect.
What more can we ask for?