My Life Verse – Romans 12:2

My life verse is Romans 12:2, but I also use verse 1 as well.

I would say that for a while now my life verses have been Romans 12:1-2. I will show the verses first and then I will go into some detail about them.

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, {which is} your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2 (NASB)

These verses completely transformed my views and actions on a number of subjects, from what I watch, what I think (or try to think), how I view others’ perceptions of me, and even my ideas on dating and relationships (screwed that one up a couple of times since then).

So what does Romans 12:2 mean? First, the verse says “do not be conformed to this world”. I believe this is a continual thing we must do. We must always watch out for worldly desires – violence, materialism, greed, hypocrisy, disobedience, gossip, pride, envy, idolatry, hate, selfishness, lust, cheating, lying, dress, and probably many more – and continually work to not conform to those desires of this present age.

Second, the verse says to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. I think we can do this a number of ways, by continuously reading the Bible, by prayer, by hanging around the right people, by learning, among others.

And thirdly, “so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” This is the final result of what we must do. If we work to not conform and transform our minds, we can prove how we can find the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

We, as Christians, are not to conform to the world, for we are not citizens of this world (Phil. 3:20), but we are to be conformed to God’s reality. This is a must, not an option.

I will close with what the Amplified Bible says, and then I will try my hand at translating Romans 12:1-2 in Spanish – with a little help from a Spanish dictionary for some of it.  :)

“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” – Romans 12:1-2 (Amplified)

“Por lo tanto impulso usted, hermanos, por las piedades de Dios, presentar sus cuerpos una vida y sacrificio santo, aceptable para Dios, {que es} su servicio espiritual de la adoración. Y no sea conformados a este mundo, pero ser transformado por la renovación de su mente, de modo que usted pueda demostrar cual la voluntad de Dios es, el que que está bien y aceptable y perfecto.” – Romanos 12:1-2

Maybe if anyone out there knows Spanish, you can help me out with that.

– Adam Smith

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5 thoughts on “My Life Verse – Romans 12:2

  1. clary says:

    That is a powerful Bible verse to reflect and act upon it. Thank you for reminding me of it, years ago I hanged on the part that said: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. We need to continue to grow in knowledge and understanding in order to live it and share it with others.

  2. cindyinsd says:

    Hey, Adam

    My Spanish is pretty rusty, but it looked to me like you did a good job (for what that’s worth) ;)

    That is a great passage to meditate on. I don’t think we quite “get it” on one or two or three read-throughs. Or perhaps not completely until the next life.

    Cindy

  3. Adam Smith says:

    Hi Clary, Yes you are definitely right about continuing to grow in knowledge and understanding. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. God bless!

    Hi Cindy, I completely agree with you; there are so many passages that I don’t “get” until many read-throughs and such; And I know that I will never understand God’s full plan and His will until I get the privilege of spending eternity with Him!

  4. Hannah says:

    Thanks so much for this!!! I am working on a message about Wearing Masks in our life and how we can take them off and be the person who God created and I couldn’t find anything as good as this. :) Thank you!!

  5. lulu says:

    thank you very much for breaking this down for me,i am represanting this verse this friday amongst my youth.andi was looking for more information,though i khnow that God will minister to me. but once again thank you

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