“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.” – Romans 12:1
The Gospel is a powerful message that has the ability to realign our will with God’s divine purposes. In Romans 12:1, the Apostle Paul urges us to respond to God’s mercy by offering ourselves as living sacrifices, wholly dedicated and pleasing to Him. This act of surrender marks the beginning of a transformative journey, where our will is conformed to God’s will.
As human beings, our natural inclination is to pursue our desires, goals, and plans. We often act independently, seeking to fulfill our ambitions and find happiness in the ways of the world. However, the Gospel challenges us to lay down our own will and submit to the will of God.
Offering ourselves as living sacrifices involves surrendering our lives, ambitions, and decisions to God’s leading. It means saying, “Not my will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42). This act of surrender is not one of resignation but of trust and obedience, acknowledging that God’s plans are higher and better than our own.
The Gospel realigns our will by reshaping our desires and priorities. As we come to know God’s love and mercy through Jesus Christ, our hearts are transformed. We begin to desire what God desires, to love what He loves, and to prioritize His kingdom above all else.
When we realign our will with God’s will, our lives become a living testimony to His grace and glory. Our actions, decisions, and attitudes reflect His character, and we become vessels through which His love and truth are manifested to the world.
The realignment of our will is an ongoing process. It requires daily surrender and commitment to follow God’s leading. As we study His Word, spend time in prayer, and rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are continually transformed into His likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Let’s choose to respond to the call of the Gospel by offering ourselves as living sacrifices to God. May we willingly lay down our own will and embrace His divine purpose for our lives. In doing so, we discover true and proper worship—wholehearted devotion to our loving Heavenly Father. As we realign our will with His, may our lives bring glory to His name and impact the world with the transformative power of the Gospel.