Saturday, March 31, 2012

We Priests Can Know the Will of God

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:1-2 (emphasis mine)

What a wonderful truth! Since we are priests to God, we can know his will.

When we offer the spiritual sacrifice of rejecting the things of this world and instead give ourselves completely to God, we can understand what his will is. This is stunning. We sinful people can comprehend what the Creator of the universe plans and desires.

Although it is wise to seek the counsel of Christian brothers and sisters, we can see in this passage that we can understand God's will on our own. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, and led by what we read in scripture, we can and should be able to know God's will. We don't need anyone else to stand between us and God.

I'm not suggesting a sort of "Lone Ranger" Christianity. We benefit greatly from discussing important issues with Christian friends. However, we do not have to depend on others to stand in as a sort of intermediary between us and God. We don't have to wait for them to tell us what to do. Rather, we all can know the will of holy God.

This is amazing. I love that God speaks to all of us and hasn't chosen any special class of people to stand above the others. Let us all seek his will together, and at the same time know that we can understand it.

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