The Beauty of Becoming: Romans 12:1, 2

My concept of beauty shapes my ideals.

My ideals contour my choices.

My choices mold my being.



Beauty and becoming influence each other in many ways.

Consider Romans 12:1-2 from the perspective of beauty and becoming.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1, 2

  1. Christians highly value the human body.
  2. Who the Christian becomes in the human body is “by the mercies of God.”
  3. This becoming is the Christian’s “spiritual worship.”
  4. The “world” and the Christian have different ideals of beauty and becoming.
  5. The Christian resists being “conformed to this world.”
  6. The Christian renews their mind in order to be conformed to God’s ideals of beauty and becoming.
  7. In adopting God’s ideals as their own, the Christian is transformed.
  8. The Christian’s longing is for God’s will (what is good, acceptable, and perfect) and therefore the Christian tests (seeks to prove genuine) themselves to know that who they are becoming in the human body is pleasing to God.

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Since my concept of beauty shapes my ideals and my ideals contour my choices and my choices mold my being, how tremendous is it for me to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord?  Psalm 27:4

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.