“You actually get a ‘How To’ Manual for life.”

The Beans:

The Background:

Paul writes a letter to the people in the church in Rome. The purpose of this letter is to encourage these young believers in the faith with who Jesus is, why He came, and what that can mean for us in daily life.

The Verse:

Romans 12:2

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

The Fill:

What’s the point?

What You Have to Gain Through a Relationship With Jesus:

You actually get a ‘How To’ Manual for life.

Who is the author of your life?

Who is currently in the driver’s seat?

I’d be willing to bet, you are! Like me, most of us struggle to really relinquish control of our lives to God.

The bigger question then becomes, what helps you manage it all?

What do you turn to as your “how to manual,” for life?

Unfortunately, again, if you’re like me, most of the time it’s this world, NOT His Word.

You read articles on how to raise children and suddenly feel like a failure as a parent.

You overhear people talking about how horrible certain foods are, and immediately want to sprint to the grocery store and empty your pantry.

You see ads in magazines, on TV and social media, all telling you how you should look, act, dress, workout, eat, live, organize your home … EVERYTHING!

I swear sometimes I get so confused because for every article I read that says to do something this way, there are ten more telling me why that’s actually wrong.

Everyone has their own opinions, and with the easy availability to spread those opinions world-wide – well, no wonder we all feel like failures constantly.

The thing that Jesus is begging us to remember is simply, the opinions of the world do not matter. We place impossible standards and expectations on ourselves that do NOT coincide with what God wants for us.

Who are you aiming to impress and please?

Jesus begs you to remember that His is the only opinion that matters, AND, He already died for your imperfections. All He has to offer is love, mercy, and grace!

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today? 

One of the biggest things we GAIN, out of a relationship with Jesus is the opportunity and privilege to pray.

We are committing to establishing a habit of prayer over the course of this study. For further information check out The Steam section of Day 1’s post.

So …. How’s your prayer time going? Do you need or want to make any changes?

I’d love to hear from you!

If you’re looking for further ideas, advice, or want to share your journey please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message!