Our SS Teacher focused on the beginning verses of Romans 12. Reading it from The Message translation gives a broader, more contemporary view of the text. However, the message is the same: we need to surrender our everyday lives to God’s control. Embracing what He does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Romans 12:1 The Message (see below). Obedience to Him is most important. We need to recognize the gifts He has given us and use them for His purposes. We do not need to envy others or be prideful because each of us has a gift that must work together in the body for the whole to function properly. We actually should practice being second fiddle and allowing Christ to be the head of the body. We should love one another and make effort to be hospitable – meeting the needs of others.
Pastor’s “BE” message this morning was a perfect match. The text was also Romans 12:1-2 and the directive is to BE set apart – be holy. Not that we are able to be holy. But we shouldn’t be so much like the world that they don’t see a difference. ‘Set apart’ is a calling from God for all believers; it is the evidence of His work of grace.
We may have to accept being considered “weird” or even “fanatical” because our words, our values, our actions and our lives should look different. We should be always be trusting God and showing confidence and assurance even in troubled times.
(For some reason my tablet only saved half of my notes so I am missing the last portion and relying on memory which is faulty at this stage… especially since I rely on notes. **Sigh**.)
Pastor noted there are two steps to help us be set apart: Examine yourself and Submit to God’s way, not our own.
I found this wonderful praise song to share with today’s words: Set Apart by Worship Central.Verses for Today: 12 1-2 The Message (MSG)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
God, I pray that you will help me each day to surrender my life to you… to be set apart for you.