The Recipe For Finding And Fulfiling God's Perfect Will - Romans 12-1 (KJV)

The will of God

“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”, Romans 12:1 (KJV).

This is a recipe for finding and fulfilling God's perfect will for your life. Paul pleaded with the people by the mercies of God to do these things. This reflects the fact that God's plans for our lives are better than our plans for ourselves (Jeremiah 29:11). We have to present our own bodies to the Lord as living sacrifices.

The problem is that a living sacrifice keeps crawling off the altar. It may start with a one-time commitment, but we have to follow through with that decision every day for the rest of our lives. Jesus died for us; the least we can do is live for Him. It is only when we make the total sacrifice of every area of our lives that we begin to see God's perfect will manifest through our lives.

Notice that we are the ones who have to make this presentation of our bodies to the Lord. He will not do it for us. Some of us might pray, "Lord, You do what You have to do to make us serve You." That is not a proper prayer. We cannot have someone lay hands on us to impart this commitment to us. We cannot just rebuke the flesh and expect it to disappear.

Paul used the mercies of God to encourage these Romans to give themselves totally to God. Today, most preachers use the wrath of God to try to drive people to God. It's the goodness of God that leads people to repentance Romans 2:4.

This is a radical statement that the Jews of Paul's day and the religious legalists of our day reject. They refuse to accept that the goodness of God is sufficient motivation for people to turn from sin.