1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
This passage has come up a lot in my Spirit lately. Maybe it's because we spent the month of September at Fellowship focusing on commitment. Maybe its from what's been shared in gatherings and in one on one conversations.
Regardless the reason, it seems that this is a season to think about why we do what we do as disciples of Christ. And, to decide, are we all the way in? Are we wholly holy?
Its an impossible question for someone on the outside to answer. It is personal and frankly, the answer probably varies day to day (or experience to experience). But what we can remember and find encouragement in is that God is in fully.
We go from emotional ups and downs, wants and wanes and often let those dictate how committed we feel. But just as Jesus held back nothing, God is fully invested in us. So much so that in addition to paying the sin debt with His own Son's blood, He then set up everything we need to be transformed. It's not something we have to do, but instead, something we accept that He'll do.
By accepting His transformation and rejection conformation to this world, we become the proof of God's will.
But, like salvation, the transformation has to be accepted. It isn't forced. During the transfiguration of Jesus, He walked up the mountain, leading others, and accepted what happened. He wasn't dragged. It didn't happen in the midst of everyday chores. He literally got above everyday life and let the Father do as He intended.
Being wholly holy often means getting out away from daily distractions. It always means submitting to the will of the Father, and not trying to bend the Father's will to meet ours. But, we CAN be just as holy as He intends us to be.
The question for each of us, everyday is, are we in?
King James Version (KJV)
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
King James Version (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Your predestiny is waiting...in it, you're wholly holy.
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