What does GOD want for your life?

 What kind of Christian are you? In the first 11 chapters of Romans, the apostle Paul writes to the church in Rome about God’s plan for salvation AND righteousness. In chapter 12, Paul gives us a snapshot, an executive summary of the mature Christian life. It’s the game plan and it’s relational. It’s not about developing a relation with the culture you live in. It’s about building your relationship with God and with others as well as being a light to an anti-God, sin-filled world. So again, what kind of Christian are you?
 

Throughout history, cultures have been corrupted by sexual immorality, debauchery, drunkenness, pride and other sins. Even in our culture today, resisting cultural influences and fulfilling your role as a Christian can definitely be a challenge. However Proverbs 21:2 states, “Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.” If you do not honor God and repent of (turn away from) sin in your heart, then you are lost. Romans 1: 18-32 explains this in greater detail.

 As parents, we have a vision of the kind of people our children are going to become when they are adults and the type of relationships we expect to have with them. We do our best to raise our children right. We try to shape them by telling them what we expect from them and by teaching them the difference between right and wrong, how to act and even how to stay out of trouble. And even more, we show them with our integrity, our decisions and the way we do things in our own lives. But in a culture that flaunts and encourages sin, is that enough?
 
Your heavenly Father also has a vision for your life. His dream is to make you like His son Jesus. As His child, God is guiding you through every circumstance, every day to help you to conform to be like His son. Romans 8: 29 states, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” God has called you to live a holy and sanctified life. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 states, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.” Like you with your children, your heavenly Father’s primary dream for you is that you become the kind of person He has in mind and the type of relationship you have with Him and others.
 

Read Romans 12 to see how you can apply it to your life.