Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Where do you start on this road to excellence? As is the case with many things in Christ, it’s going to start with a choice.
It’s sad to say, but many believers will not be willing to make that choice. The cost is great. This is that small gate that leads to the narrow road that Jesus said few would find.
The reason is not that it’s difficult to see or understand, but because it involves sacrifice. I have to sacrifice my plans, dreams, and hopes to make room for His.
Basically, I have to learn to see myself as lying dead upon the altar of the Lord in order for His resurrection power to raise me to new levels in Him. That’s why, generally speaking, the body of Christ in this generation is in its present state.
There is a transformation process that I need to undergo in order for His Word, His will, and His Way to become a part of my being. I must allow the Living Word and the Holy Spirit to renew my heart and mind. My thought processes and desires must be transformed into that which conforms to His plans.
It’s only when I’m willing to see it through to completion, in God’s way, that He will entrust me with His excellent plan for my life. So many people have come to me as pastor down through the years asking me how to “find” God’s will for their lives.
The above verse doesn’t say that I need to struggle or search for God’s will. It says that if I’m willing to lay my life down on His altar and begin the renewal process of my mind, then I will just know it. When I see His will for my life, I will approve it. I think you can agree that if something is good, pleasing and perfect – it can also be described as excellent.
It’s only after the decision of excellence is made that God will entrust you with His will. Too often our attitude is that we want to know His will first so that we can decide whether we want to do it or not. The Lord requires faith if we’re to please Him. We must come to Him with the decision to see it through before He’ll give us the glimpse of the road ahead. If you will not trust God with your future, then He will not trust you with His vision.
Question: Have you chosen the road of excellence?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013