I had a very hectic week and wasn’t able to keep up with my blogging, however, I did keep in the word most days, which is good! It needs to be better, but today is a new day and a fresh start.
Here we go, where we left off:
A Living Sacrifice to God (Romans 12)
1 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
3 Because of the privilege and authority[c] God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.[d] 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
This weekend was the Women’s Get-Away and the theme was Transforming your Beauty. As cheesy as that may sound, it was really a cool theme because the keynote speaker talked extensively about being transformed into the likeness of Jesus. Being transformed into His likeness requires us spending time with Him and living as He did. Paul is telling the Romans to stop immitating this world because we are dead to this world, but to immitate Christ because we are alive in Him. In living Christ-like lives, we need to really have an accurate perspective on who we are – good and bad. We need to evaluate where we are gifted – and evaluate it honestly. God has made me uniquely and gifted me uniquely and given me a unique purpose. I need to understand that gifting and purpose and when i live it out – it is pleasing to God.