Memorising a chapter at a time is like eating an elephant – one little bite at a time. Every once in a while it is good to stop eating more, and let that which has been consumed already settle first. So, let’s review the first five verses of Romans 12.
We are worshippers of God. It is only reasonable therefore to sense the importance of God’s plea through the Apostle Paul to wake up every morning with a sense of duty to bring God a sacrifice of worship – only for us, the sacrifice is ourselves. We are denying ourselves each day for the sake of holiness.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.Romans 12:1
We live for God’s wants and commands, not our own, and most certainly not the world’s pressures and demands. It is difficult to know what God’s will is for us in each different moment, but that is where our minds come in. If we can think differently, then we will be able to discern the right will-of-God action for each event.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:2
Our thinking about ourselves dictates much of our pursuits in life and responses to life. We must think of ourselves as Scripture teaches about ourselves. Arrogance and pride is as much out of place for a Christian’s self-estimation as is self-pity and sulking. God has given us faith – we are highly blessed, and it was all by grace.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.Romans 12:3
We have a responsibility to one another as fellow Christians, and that is the first place where we need to transform our before-Christ way of thinking. Whatever then the Lord requires of us, we will do so confidently, yet humbly.
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.Romans 12:4-5