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Transformed Lives

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. (Romans 12:1-8, NRSV)

We are all the body of Christ. I pray each week that we will be united as the body of Christ, that what joins us together would be enough to keep us together and the things that we have created that separate us would be pushed aside. Here in Romans 12, we read one of the three passages about the body of Christ and the many members that make it up. We all have our role to play and we need each other to make this work. We can not fight each other but must be united in the ministry that God has given us.

We all have a gift to us and we must use it for the betterment of society. Martin Luther said a Christian shoemaker doesn’t show his faith by putting crosses on his shoes, but by making the best shoes he can for everyone. We use our gifts for the glory of God and for the betterment of society. We are all in this together and we should work with each other.

Let your life be transformed by God and show His love to all the world.

 

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transformed

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, 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 renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. (Romans 12:1-8, NRSV)

Do not be conformed to this world, where we look out for only ourselves, but be transformed by the renewing and opening of our mind to God. To see things His way. To see people as He sees them.

For life is not about us, but about others. We live to show God’s grace and mercy in all that we do. This is by opening ourselves to God’s understanding of His creation. Using the gifts He has given us in service to the world.

So be transformed by His love and show others that love so they might also be transformed.

 

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foolishness…

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-31 ESV)

The cross is a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. Why?

Because the Messiah was not suppose to die! He was suppose to lead the Jews out of bondage and into the wonderful life the covenant promised them. They should have over thrown the Romans and been removed from bondage. Yet that did not happen… How could the messiah up and die and especially die on a cross! That is the biggest humiliation there is. So that can not happen. It is a stumbling block, because they can not get past the fact that the messiah died, and that ain’t suppose to happen.

But what happens when you stumble over something? Well yes you fall, but what happens next? I always look to see what it was that I stumbled over… You see some might get hung up on the cross (pun not intended) but at least they are looking at the cross. They have been drawn to it, and will be transformed by it in His time…

And it is foolishness to the Gentile because what savior dies to save His people? It is like Superman being killed to save Lois… It is not what we want to happen, but then really when it is about us anyhow?

You see if you really stop and think about it, the cross is really not the way you wanted it to happen, but that is how God had it happen. Not how it had to, but how He had it happen. God chose to work through the messiah dying on a cross to draw all people to Him, so stumble and call it foolish, but allow it to work in and through your life so that you, like the disciples before you, are transformed!

 

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