Do you have trouble finding jeans that fit just right? I sure do! Of course most of them are way too long. Some gap in the waist. When I do find a pair that fits the waist they are usually too tight across the behind. Hmmm?
I have to look long and hard for a pair that really fits, the pair that seems to have been made with me in mind. And when I find I want to wear it every day. It doesn’t bind, pinch, or gap. I can sit, bend, and walk without having to tug or pull. It’s perfect!
God has a perfect plan for your life that fits way better than even that perfect pair of jeans. It fits perfectly because He designed you to fit the plan. He has equipped you with everything you need to carry out His will for your life. Let’s take a look:
1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Romans 12:1-8, NLT
In his letter to the Christians in Rome, the Apostle Paul beautifully elaborates on the great salvation God offers. After presenting our need for Christ and what He has accomplished on our behalf, Paul now turns to our proper response in chapter 12: “And so…”
According to verse 1, what is our proper response to our great salvation?
How does Paul describe God’s will for us in verse 2?
In verses 3-8, Paul reminds us that God has gifted and equipped us with exactly what we need to follow His perfect will for our lives. God intends for us to use our gifts to serve Him and our fellow Christians.
Have you found God’s perfect will for your life? Are you using God’s gifts to serve Him and others? How does it feel to be right in the center of His perfect will?