We’re in a new series called “Foundations” which builds off of Jesus’ metaphor in Matt 7: “A house built on sand will never be able to stand BUT a house that’s built on the rock will never be able to fall.”
This week, we’re in Practice #6: Serve with Generosity. Today is a day for prayer and action. First, let’s read from Romans 12:1-2 (NET):
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. 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.
Paul’s language in Romans 12 is revolutionary when you consider the Jewish context of some of his audience. Those Jewish listeners would be used to bringing animal sacrifices to the temple in order to worship God and receive absolution from sins. But they also know that sin has now been paid for by Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. So what happens to the sacrifices? Well, Paul indicates that now WE are the living sacrifices. Rather than offer an animal or grain or incense, we offer our entire lives. We are Jesus’ possession. We worship Him when we give Him everything.
Over the past few days, we’ve spent intentional time meditating on God’s generosity to us and writing out the resources we’ve been given. Now, prayerfully interact with God. How does he want you to be generous? To whom can you give today? What will you give - how much?
Now act. Mention to a friend how they can hold you accountable to do what God has called you to do.
Published on 11-04-2021 @ 4:13 AM CDT