Shabbat Shalom, dear brothers and sisters in Yeshua Messiah, Jesus Christ,
'I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ' - Romans 12:1-2
Most certainly have you wondered what the will of God is for your life and what is expected of you, to do His will and walk in His ways by His mercy. I have come across many brothers and sisters in Christ, that is filled with doubt about what God's true will is for them. Many have created an image of the will of God, but it is merely a reflection of their own idea what they believe it should be. The image that we sometimes create is shaped upon the knowledge that we have or the lack of knowledge that we have, combined with feelings, emotions and the lifestyle we live.
The only way to know the true will of God is: by the Word of God itself. The scripture presents many examples of what the Will of God is for us, but because of our lack of knowledge and lack of knowing and understanding the scriptures we end up still doubting what the true will of God is. 'Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. ' -Matthew 22:29
By this scripture Rom 12:1-2, we are all instructed and called by the mercy of God to do His will. Our reasonable service should be to present our body wholly as a sacrifice to our Father.
The word “service” in the Greek is: (λατρεία – latreia) with the meaning of-
the ministration of God;
to (1) serve, or
to (2) worship God.
Thus, our reasonable manner of (1)serving and (2)worship God should be to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to our Father; Our bodies (Our Spirit, soul, and body) should be holy (pure, blameless and consecrated) and acceptable(well-pleasing) unto God according to Rom 12:1;
This also reminds me of the following scripture:
'Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. ' -Matthew 16:24
Bill Onisick said the following:
"As Christ tells us, if we want to seek Him, we must follow Him and surrender to God everything—our wills, our bodies, and our lives. The self must be denied because our carnal mind is driven by pride and an underlying belief and desire that we must get things for ourselves. We must subsequently live our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1), following Christ's example of complete submission to the Father's will. If we are anxious to save, to preserve, our physical lives and/or to put our security in physical things, we will lose our spiritual lives."
To deny yourself means to deny your own will and accept our Fathers will; We will not be able to follow Yeshua if we hold fast to ourselves, our own life and our own will. The will of man is always selfish and evil; “there is none good but one, that is, God.” Mark 10:18; Where the will of God is always pure and Holy.
Just as Yeshua carried His cross, walking the way of extreme humility where he was mocked, beaten, spat on, etc. He still chose to do ONLY the Will of His Father. In the garden of Gethsemane Yeshua prayed to God “O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me: never less not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Matt 26:39;
"As Christ tells us in Matt 10:39 and its parallel scriptures, if we want to know Him, we must surrender everything to God. He instructs us to follow His giving example of total self-sacrifice in devotion to God's will. He teaches us to deny the self because our carnal mind is driven by the way of getting, which always forces us off the right path. Finally, He advises us to sacrifice entirely the lower, physical, temporal life for the higher, spiritual, eternal life. For if we do not completely and wholeheartedly surrender the lower for the higher, we will lose both."
' And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. '- Matthew 10:38-39
To be called worthy of Christ and to do His will:
We as His bride should not hesitate to pick up our cross daily to follow Him by denying our own will, desires, understanding, and ambitions but to fashion ourselves to the Will of our Father.
We should not conform to the standard of this world and not be drawn by the rewards presented by the world, but we should be renewed by the renewing of our minds (Will, intellect, emotions, thoughts, and desires) that we may prove what is good, acceptable and the perfect will of God.
As we follow Yeshua’s example to faithfully bear to our cross, He will lead us through the sufferings like Him to glory with Him.
The same Spirit that raised Yeshua back to life lives inside of us, the same Spirit will enable us to walk as Yeshua walked. The same Spirit will give us power(dunamis) to conquer any obstacle that might hinder us to walk and do the will of God.
However, we cannot by our own strength, power or understanding be able to bear our cross, but by God’s grace and mercy, He enables us and strengthen us through Christ.
Surrender everything, your thoughts, will, intellect, desires, ambitions and understanding in exchange of His. We need to decrease(die) for Him to be increased(life) in our lives.
“It is easy to go along with the crowd, but the one who is committed to living the crucified life will always lean hard into the wind of opposition and misunderstanding. Thus, living the crucified life is not an easy proposition- in fact, it will be the most challenging thing you will ever face. The cost is certainly high. The pathway is rough. The way forward is often lonely. But the rewards you will gain of knowing God in intimate fellowship will be well worth the journey.” – A.W. Tozer, The saint walking alone.
Scriptures on the Will of God:
'For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; ' -1 Thessalonians 4:3-4
' For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.'- Mark 3:35
'In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ' - 1 Thessalonians 5:18
'For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. ' - 1 John 2:16-17
'Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. ' - 1 Peter 4:1-2
'Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. ' - 1 Peter 2:13-16
'Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.' - 1 Peter 4:19
'Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. ' - 1 Peter 3:16-17
'Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. ' - John 9:31
'And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ' - Romans 12:2
'Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. ' - John 7:16-18
May our Father bless thee, sanctify thee, uphold thee, deliver thee and guide thee in all Truth.
May He reveal the secrets of scripture to you by His grace.
May He bless thee with wisdom, knowledge, understanding and lovingkindness.
Mercy, peace, and love be
multiplied to you,