For today's scripture, I'd like you to remember the very first scripture that really caught your attention or really exploded in your heart as you began your walk with the Lord. I'll share my memory with you. I remember a revival meeting in my church when I was a teenager. I believe the preacher's name was Maurice Grissom. He spoke one night on Romans 12: 1,2 (KJV): 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 transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Since that time, I've explored that scripture in many different translations, and I've looked at every part of it to discover just what it's saying. It set me on a path of transformation as I have pursued God's will for my life in His Word and have attempted to live it. It still speaks to me and I am still pursuing Him. I like the NIV which says it this way, Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. And one other I will share, J. B. Philipps: With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to him and acceptable by him. Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed. Thus you will prove in practice that the will of God is good, acceptable to him and perfect. We don't change the word by looking at it in different translations; we just explore its meaning further by looking at its many facets like looking at a diamond in the light. And of course, the Holy Spirit brings the Word to light as the Father reveals it to us deeper and deeper. His Word is so rich!
Now what's yours? Take a few moments to meditate on it today.