Romans 12:1 states, “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.”
In this text, Paul calls for sacrifice. Moreover, Paul considers this our reasonable form of worship. This process of sanctification is in stark contrast to the values of this present age. Romans 12:2 states, “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Too often, the world around us sets the standard and agenda for our lives. Yet, in Romans 12:2, Paul describes a renewed mind as recognizing what is God’s perfect will. In response, we are to act accordingly.
In light of what God has done for, through, and within us Paul begs us to live a life that is holy and acceptable to God. Why? Because God said, “Be holy for I am holy.”
In the Wesleyan tradition of The United Methodist Church, we refer to this process as sanctification. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are to be set apart for the work of the Lord. However, to be effective in that work, we must “Strive Toward Perfection.”
The song writer put it this way: “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. And, with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.”
Lord, continue to impart your sanctifying grace upon us as we strive toward perfection.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.