Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Romans 12: 1-5

1 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 true
worship. 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. 3 For by the grace given me I say
to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but
rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God
has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many
members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we,
though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others

True worship of God comes from responding to the mercy God has shown us. God is concerned with our entire person when it comes to worship. This response is both physical (e.g. using our bodies in acts of service and holiness) and mental (e.g. renewing our minds). The result is a transformed life that knows and lives according to God’s will. In other words, the Apostle Paul is concerned here with each of us having a right view of ourselves and each other. Pride is one of the greatest threats to unity in the body of Christ, for it leads to division, judgment, condemnation, and a false self-esteem. Thus, Paul calls us to view ourselves in the right way:

1) as people who have been graced by God with faith and
2) as members of one body in Christ with different, yet equally important, functions.

Aim for true worship.

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