Romans 12: Be Transformed

Be transformed.

This is the power of the gospel. Paul wrote in Romans 12:1-2:

1 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. 2 Do not conform 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.

Our part? We offer ourselves to God. We choose to no longer be conformed by the pattern of this world.

His part? God transforms us.

The result? We can better understand God’s will. Who doesn’t want to know what God wants us to do with our lives?

God does the changing; we do the surrendering. God does the work; we do the worship.

Be transformed.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

Romans 11: Worship Is the Result of Right Belief

In Romans 11, we find the conclusion to Paul’s first half of his letter that focuses on the theology or beliefs of early Christianity. What surprises me is that the conclusion is not an academic summary; it is a response of worship. The text reads:

33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

When we discover the truth of God, worship is the result. We do not complain or doubt; we bow and honor Christ. Any theology that does not lead to humble worship of God is bad theology.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.