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12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
Sometimes I am accused of "making it too easy". Other times I am accused of "making it too hard". The truth is you can read some verses and it sounds so simple and easy to follow God and other places it sounds impossible. The irony is both are true.
Do I have to be perfect or do I come just as I am? The answer is yes. Yes to both. Therein lies the tension and the confusion. It sounds contradictory and impossible.
Let's work backwards. Will heaven be a perfect place? Yes. That means I either must be perfect or not there because if I am there and less than perfect than heaven is less than perfect.
Let's go back to the beginning. "Then God said: "Let us make man in our image..."" God is perfect. God is Holy. God is love. That means we were created just the same.
So we were holy, we were perfect and to be in heaven we must be holy and perfect again. Sounds like I'm not going...
But wait... "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind". So the problem is in the mind. That's interesting. As a kid growing up it always seemed like the problem or "sins" were the things I did wrong. Paul says the problem is in the mind. If I came to God as I am with all my pride issues and lust issues and anger issues etc... I would have to believe that He would accept me in that condition and that He could and would do something to help me. I would have to believe... That sounds like a mind issue.
The world says there is no God and if there is He doesn't care much because look at the mess we're in or He isn't very powerful because He isn't fixing everything. Nice guys finish last. His ways don't work.
Will we be conformed to this view or be transformed by the renewing of our mind to see things only God can reveal and the unbelieving world will never see.
Just as I am? Yes
With God all things are possible... smile emoticon