“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do 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 be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
“. . . I urge you, brothers . . . “Paul encourages the believers at Rome and later readers to listen and follow what he will tell them. He also refers to them as brothers; they worshiped and served the same Father.
“. . . to offer sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God . . .” Paul speaks of the need to give sacrifices that were set apart for that purpose which God would accept.
“. . . this is your spiritual act of worship.” When we go before the Lord in worship, either private or corporate, we worship with our spirits.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world. . .” Paul advises his readers, then and now, to not mould our lives to resemble this fallen world.
“. . . be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Paul tells us to allow God to change our outlook, our habits, our thoughts by letting His Spirit our minds and yield to His working.