Romans 12:1-2 – “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” NASU
The will of God is not a problem but becomes a problem for many as they seek to know it for their lives. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “How can I know God’s will for my life?” Most of those asking are sincere and truly want to know the answer to the question but sadly most want a simple formula that will automatically tell them each time and in every situation what the will of God is in that particular moment. I cannot give that!
However, I believe that Romans 12 gives us a clear picture of how to begin the process of Knowing the Will of God in or for our lives. Let’s consider what the apostle tells the Roman believers regarding this matter and life in general:
- Present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Paul is identifying a problem area that many have in finding the will of God in any particular situation. They have not given themselves wholly to God. He begins with the physical body because it is the house in which we live and is the part tempted and touched the most by sensual pleasures and appetites. He identifies this as an act of spiritual worship. He is addressing the need to bring the body in subjection to the Lord and treat it as the temple of the Lord.
- Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
He moves to the mind because it is the area where our thought life occurs and out of our thoughts come actions and beliefs. We are to change our way of thinking from that of our former self to our transformed self which is In Christ and begin to think the thoughts of Christ or think with the Holy Spirit being the guardian of our thoughts. This will transfer our thoughts from, “what’s in it for me?” to “Thy will be done, Oh Lord.” It will move us from an inward focus on Self to an upward focus on GOD and cause us to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness In All Things!”
- This he advises will enable us to prove or “discern” – [dokimazo] what the will of God and walk in the confidence that that will is good, acceptable and perfect.
The apostle has led us down a path whereby, in prayer, we can set aside the things that distract and focus on the “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit when He whispers, “this is the way, walk in it.”
I cannot nor can anyone give you a formula for “knowing the will of God” in every situation but I can suggest as does the apostle Paul a method by which you can clear the path to find the will of God more readily and clearly. I would suggest that you take Romans 12:1-3 and meditate on it, muse on it, examine it, and allow it to get deep within your spirit and I believe that you will find that it opens the door to finding the will of God in whatever you are facing and the result will be an infusion of God’s Perfect Peace in your life as you walk out of your prayer closet into action. You will be able to go into that action with confidence that you Are walking in the will of God. There is no sweeter and more secure place than the confidence that you are Doing what God wants When God wants it.
May you walk into your day in the Peace of God that passes all understanding and be richly blessed!