Your Relationship with God
Romans 12:1-2 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.”
The most important relationship of all is our relationship with God.
We are commanded to make ourselves a living, bodily, holy sacrifice that is “acceptable to God” and is our “spiritual service of worship.”
The word “spiritual” is not a good translation but a transliteration.
That portion of Scripture should really read in presenting our “bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship.”
When Paul wrote not to be “conformed to this world” the Greek word for “conformed” (syschēmatizō) means “to conform one’s mind and character to another’s pattern,” in this case the pattern of the world.
Instead we are to be “transformed” (Greek “metamorphoō”) meaning “to change into the form of another, to transfigure” and is the same word used on the Mount of Transfiguration which essentially means that a metamorphosis should take place.
It is only if we do this that we can “prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
If we don’t then we really can’t prove what God’s will is and what His “good and acceptable and perfect” will is for our life.