Building Moral Margin – Week 3, Day 1

Daily Scripture Reading:

Romans 12:1-2 – “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, 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 renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.”      

Colossians 3:1-2 –So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

My friend often says: “We may not know what God’s will is but we certainly know what it’s not!”

Some things are clear about God’s will. We know that the following choices are NOT God’s will: lying, cheating, abusing our bodies, abusing others’ bodies – to name a few.

We know that the following choices ARE God’s will: loving one another, forgiving one another, seeking God first, etc.

Some things are not as clear or may take a longer time to discern: life’s vocation, which college to attend, whether to marry or not marry, etc.

In all of life, God is calling us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The Romans passage reminds us that when we ask God to renew our minds, it’s then that we know the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

Prayer: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Amen.                                                                             – Prayer from Psalm 139:23-24

Reflection Question and/or Application for the Day:

Is there an area of your moral life that you KNOW is out of step with God’s will? Are you being honest in your relationships? Are you being fair in your business practices? Are you being faithful in your marriage?

Ask God to show you where you need to get in step with His clear will. What one action can you take today to make that happen?

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Devotion from Building Margin for a Balanced Life, devotional book, small group study and sermon series

©Tim Reaves and Trish Archer

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