Thoughts for the week
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1
Do you ever think Worship is reserved just for church services? Our verse today tells us that our true worship is when we dedicate ourselves to serving God. Living for God means sacrificing self-will, giving up what we want in order to do what God wants. When we do we really are living a worshipful life that is pleasing to God. Let us pray that as this week begins we would dedicate ourselves once more into Gods service.
“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.” Romans 12:2
Yesterday we spoke of sacrificing self-will, todays verse clarifies what that means. We are no longer to be seduced by the transitory values of the world, but rather we are to be ‘transformed’ as we grow in our knowledge and love for our Lord. As we do we have a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of what he wants from, and for us. Let us pray that we would allow his transforming work to continue in our lives day by day.
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:4-5
In the preceding verse Paul reminds us to have a balanced view of who we are. As a part of a fellowship we all have a part to play and no one part is more important than any other. It is important therefore that we carry out the task to which we are called rather than comparing ourselves to others. Let us praise God that he can use us in the way he does giving us the skills we need to accomplish his purpose for our lives.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9
As we read elsewhere in the bible everything we do must be built on a foundation of love, and that love as we are told today must be sincere. God looks at our hearts and knows our true motivations. Which is why Paul exhorts us to ‘hate what is evil’ and ‘cling to what is good’ and to do so not in the sight of man, but rather in the sight of God. Let us pray for loving hearts that seek to honour our redeeming God
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
One of the best ways to shift the focus away from self is to focus on those around us. And when we do we will see their needs and be in a position to serve God by supporting them. This verse is very much a a guide as to how we should view others. Let us put others before ourselves praying for them and doing what is in our power to do to help them.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
I expect we can all be joyful in the hope we have through Christ, but it is a bit more of a challenge to be patient at any time especially, when times are tough, but when times are difficult remember God is with us we don’t go through it alone and it will end. Which is why we are also encouraged to pray. Let us pray that we would be able to live according to this verse