For many, this matter of purpose is a constant personal quest if not an on-going inquiry throughout one’s lifetime. With the constant and ever-changing trends that captivates our attention, often we all need just a slight reminder of some very important variables are never-changing, that in fact epitomizes God’s definition of purpose for each of us.
In my prayer time on this morning, I continued with my revisit in the reading of Romans 12:1-4. This short passage of Holy Scripture excited my soul with the very desire of our Heavenly Father’s exhortation for those who are motivated by His will as opposed to the will of this age; and or one’s personal quests that indicative of conformity to the ‘olam hazeh [this world, this age].
I exhort you, therefore, each soul in view of God’s mercies, to offer yourselves as a sacrifice, living and set apart for God. This will please Him; it is the logical “Temple Worship” for you. In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the “olam hazeh.” Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what He wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed. For I am telling every single one of you, through the grace that has been given to me, not to have exaggerated ideas about your own importance. Instead, develop a sober estimate of yourself based on the standard which God has given to each of you, namely trust. The Complete Jewish Bible Translation.
This passage of Scripture has many important life-changing directives for any soul that is motivated by their faith [trust] to not only to please God, but also to become all that our Creator purpose for His children. The perhaps hidden implication that is not considered by many is that our Creator delights in our willingness to forfeit our wills to that of His will. The visible sign of this is offering yourself as a living sacrifice unto Him and not to ourselves and his current evil age. Then and only then will we experience spiritual transformation, renewing of our minds; thus one will become personally informed by God, the very things that He wants. By pleasing God and serving Him, all that He purpose for us is Good, Satisfying thus we will Succeed.
The glaring difference in how this age determine success as opposed to the standards of God are noted in how we spiritually respond to evil and opposition. Paul the writer of Romans, later states that followers of Messiah should not: https://www.facebook.com/First-Fruits-Perspectives-487225171447417/
- Let love be a mere outward show.
- Learn to recoil from what is evil.
- Cling to what is good.
- Love each other devotedly, thus setting examples of personal respect.
- Do all things well serving the Lord with spiritual fervor.
- Rejoice in your hope.
- Be patient in your troubles.
- Continue in steadfast prayer.
- Share with others, what God has provided you in the spirit of hospitality.
- Repay no one evil for evil, Adonai says, “Vengeance is my responsibility; I will repay.”
- Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.