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A Week in Romans 12: Good, Pleasing and Perfect

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2 New Living Translation (NLT)

It can be hard to grasp the concept of actually giving our bodies to God. However, when it comes down to it, He freely gave us our bodies in the first place. He also gave us free will to see if we would freely give ourselves back to Him. Our worship of the Living God is how we pass this test.

We all live our lives seeking purpose. Why are we here? That question is one we long to know the answer to, even though some don't admit it. We wake up each day from rest and begin the task of living. We didn't ask for life. We didn't pray to exist. We were created to live in this world and serve the purpose our Creator intended. And He has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.

We have an enemy who knows this. God created him too and allows this world to be his playground for now. Yet, we must never forget that God uses all things for our good and His glory. We have been given protection through our Lord and Savior, God's only Son, Jesus Christ. As He lived among us as a man, He knows firsthand what we are up against as we live in this fallen world. As we believe in who He is, He will provide just what we need to overcome the enemy's attacks to thwart God's plans and purposes for our lives. Jesus gave His life to make sure we would survive because by His sacrifice on the Cross, He has already defeated the enemy of our souls.

As we give our bodies to God and keep our eyes on Christ, we are safe from the dark deeds done in this world. Our Creator God, who is also able to transform us, will change how we think. He will change our hearts. He will change our ways. Just as He gave us life without request, He has our future planned according to His will: good, pleasing and perfect.

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