September 15, 2015
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 15 September 2015
Romans 12:1-2 provides instructions with regard to the “transformed” life. The logical progression for the expression of the “transformed” life is first to be related properly to God. Certainly, the believer’s relationship to God is to be the most intimate (12:1-2), which will be manifested by meaningful service to other Christians and a convincing testimony to an unsaved world.
The logical progression of Scripture for living acceptable to God is based upon imputed (transferred) righteousness. Justification, which is related to the notion of acquittal, is the divine act whereby God makes humans—who are sinful and condemned—to be acceptable before Him, who is holy and righteous. Salvation by grace through faith implies righteousness living in accordance with the standards of the Bible (which is defined in Scripture as sanctification).
The admonitions that are revealed in God’s Word are predicated logically upon the exhortation to present one’s entire being—as a decisive act—to God. Only as one who believes/trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ—by grace through faith—is it possible to manifest the “transformed” life, and thereby have a life of service that is “acceptable to God” (12:3—13:14). Submission to God is essential: “present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (12:1).
One’s effectiveness in applying the principles of Scripture will be in proportion to one’s determination to heed the admonitions of 12:1-2, namely “to present” yourself as “a living and holy sacrifice,” to “not be conformed to this world,” and to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” God’s Word is to be heeded; yet, God also gives the provision for doing so because the Christian life is always concerned with living by God’s grace and for his glory. The results of the “transformed” life are evident as one relates to other Christians, and to the general society of which we are an integral part.
The primary thought in the introductory verses of Romans 12 is that the “transformed” life will be evident in one’s daily life. The beginning of the “transformed” life is through a decisive presentation of your entire being to God. The transformation occurs “by the renewing of your mind,” which emphasizes the necessity to study the Bible. Only as the objective truths of God’s Word captivate our thoughts will our mind be renewed, and the “transformed” life will be the result. Not only is a restructuring of our thought life necessary, but also we are instructed to resist conformity “to this world” because Christians are to exhibit the life of the “age to come” (Eph 1:21).
One of the many benefits of the “transformed” life is that the believer “may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom 12:2). God’s will is “good” because it demands only what is essentially and unchangeable superior; it is “acceptable” in contrast with all that is arbitrary; and, it is “perfect” because God cannot demand imperfection. Strive to know and do the good: namely what is pleasing to God (which is perfect). God’s goal is perfection, and He has given all the provisions necessary to attain that purpose in your life, including the tasks that encounter you today!
Missionary Pastor to Georgia's Leaders,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia