Romans 12 (The Message)
1-2 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.
I’ve heard and read this passage bunches and bunches of times in the past. But when it appeared on our screens at The Orchard this past weekend, in light of my most recent (and not so recent) struggles, it really convicted me. God used this specific paraphrase to really speak to me and change my perspective on ME. Using my “sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God” as an act of worship really hits me where I’ve been living.
I’ve tried for years in my own power to conquer my struggle with over-eating, but it’s time for me to give it up, let God take over, and change me “from the inside out”.
It’s interesting…… I’ve done a fair amount of leading worship in the past few years, and I have no problem, spending time with God, getting in the word, praying and listening for what God wants to say in the worship service that I’m leading. Listenng for what God may want to say to others. It’s time that I start with what God wants to say to me, listen to HIM, respond to HIM, live for HIM. Let HIM do the work.
Father, forgive me for the time I’ve wasted. Forgive me for how I’ve treated you, and tried to do it on my own. Forgive me for how I’ve neglected this body that you’ve given me. Help me starting today, to take my everyday, ordinary life—my sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life— I place it before you God as an act of worship. Change me, “from the inside out“. Give me a heart for you Father. Bring out the best in me. In Jesus name, Amen.