By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: August 4, 2017
From Series: Just What I Needed
Romans 12:1-2, "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."
Just as members of an orchestra take great care to finely tune their instruments prior to a performance, God finely tunes us from the inside out to perform as His instruments of righteousness in the midst of a sin-saturated culture. Declared holy and set apart, our ultimate goal is to imitate Christ. But sadly, there is often a tragic disconnect between what we know from Scripture and how we actually live. However, true belief does more than acknowledge what we know—it requires action. The process of sanctification requires both. And as we know, every day we face a very real battle between good and evil. Therefore, we must seek to bridge the gap between knowing and doing. In fact, James, the half-brother of Christ and leader of the Jerusalem church, said faith without action is dead. Do not be mistaken, we are saved by faith through grace, but our faith is useless if we aren't living a life worthy of our calling.
In case you tend to get stuck on the word holy, think of being holy as being whole. Everyone, believers and non-believers alike, want to feel complete. No one dreams of being broken. So, the desire to be whole originates from God who is perfect and complete. Right now, Jesus is saying, "Be whole, because I am whole". How great is that? The power of His wholeness should awaken our hearts to act as His instruments of righteousness as we shine His light in the darkness.
John 10:10 is a great daily reminder of Jesus' power in our lives, so commit it to memory. "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
Father God, today help me to be mindful of connecting what I know with what I do. Thank You for making me wholly holy and I ask that You place people in my path to influence as they see the righteousness of Christ in me.
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