What is God’s will for your life? You know, most Christians wouldn’t be able to answer that. It’s something they spend all of their lives searching for. I was in the same boat, so I know it’s a place you can get stuck. But what if I told you there’s a way to prove what the will of the Lord is?
You might have been told, “Oh, there’s no way you can know God’s will for sure. You just pray and hope that you get it right.” Not so. God has a perfect plan for your life, and He wants you to know it! At the church where I grew up, the leaders said God is just sovereign, and He’ll automatically make things come to pass. That didn’t work for me, so I kept seeking.
Then, in 1967, I went to a meeting, where I heard a man quote Romans 12:1–2:
“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.”
Then he said that word “prove” means to make manifest to the physical senses what is the good, the acceptable, and the perfect will of God. That’s what I’d been searching for! It was like God was putting a neon sign on this passage. God totally renovated me—and it happened through becoming a living sacrifice and renewing my mind.
The problem with a living sacrifice is that it keeps wanting to crawl off the altar! A lot of people go to surrendering to what God wants them to do when they get into trouble, but after He pulls them through, they go back to doing things their own way.
Being a living sacrifice is something that has to be done over and over. It’s not a one-time deal. The Bible says that “there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12). You weren’t made to govern your own life (Jer. 10:23). But when you make a commitment to the Lord and say, “God, I’m not smart enough to run my own life,” then you’ll become this living sacrifice that Romans 12 is talking about. The last part of Romans 12:1 says that this is your reasonable service, or your normal Christian duty. That means it’s not just for full-time ministers. God gave His life for you. He loves you! The least you could do is give everything you have to Him and live for Him.
I’ve had people come up to me and say, “Would you please cast self out of me?” No, I can’t cast self out of you. Until the time that you go to be with the Lord, you’ve got to lay self on the altar.
But did you know that if all you do is become a living sacrifice, that’s not enough? The Scripture goes on to prescribe that you not be conformed to this world. The word “conformed” literally means to be poured into the mold of. The good news is you get to pick what mold you’re poured into. Romans 12:2 says don’t be poured into the mold of this world.
For what purpose? To be transformed by the renewing of your mind. You’ve got to become a living sacrifice and you’ve got to renew your mind! I tell you, it’s both. The Word of God says that if you’ll do that, then you will prove—make manifest to the physical senses—what is the good, the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.These verses totally transformed my life, and I’m just giving you the highlights. I encourage you to visit my website at awmi.net where you can watch or listen to my full teaching, Romans: Paul’s Masterpiece on Grace. If you’re in need of prayer or would like to talk to someone about this teaching, I encourage you to call our Helpline at 719-635-1111.