READING: Romans 12
In chapters 1–8, Paul unfolds God’s sovereign plan of salvation, and in chapters 9–11, he deals with the question of God’s relationship to Israel now that the Gentiles have the same access as the Jews to Israel’s Messiah. The third section, chapters 12–16, focuses on the application of life in Christ to various practical aspects of daily experience.
The apostle recognizes that behavior must be built upon belief, and this is why the practical exhortations of this epistle appear after his teaching on the believer’s position in Christ. Personal consecration (12:1–2) should lead to corporate transformation (12:3–21); the dynamic of our faith in Christ must be expressed in others-centered relationships in the Body of Christ.
Lord, because of all You have done for me, I present my body to You as a living sacrifice. I want to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, affirming that Your will for me is good and acceptable and perfect.
Meditation passage: verses 1–5, 9–18