1Therefore, 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 spirituala]” style=”font-size: 0.75em; line-height: 0.5em; “>[a] act of worship. 2Do 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 (telos) will.
Practically speaking “for the joy set before him” is not easy. The idea of enduring incompleteness in a world mixed with good and bad, enduring a soul that is declared righteours but struggling to live that out, and confidence in the greatness and goodness of the unseen God can be overwhelming. Energy levels, personalities, distractions can all drain the vision which is meant to give strength.
What recourse? Romans 12:1,2 keeps showing up:
Resist physical and social distractions and be focused on God as revealed in Scripture with the hope which lies ahead.
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