MORE: An Introduction
12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. — Romans 12:1
Nothing ever gets done without prayer, does it? Here Paul reminds us that we need to be living sacrifices, that actually living in such a way is an act of worship. We are only able to do that when we pray. As Paul appeals to his fellow Christians, so are we to appeal to God to help us live holy lives that look MORE like Jesus each day. How will you pray?
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. — Romans 12:2-3
In order for us to live in the world but not of it, we must have a mind that is transformed, a humble mind that makes decisions based on what God wants and not what we want. Having a sacrificial love for others will enable us to live in a manner that invites questions, that asks about the gospel. Only this kind of living will bring about the restoration of lives, just like we have experienced. What will your part be?
4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; — Romans 12:4-8a
Living in community grows our love for others, which is what drives out fear. That requires not only the discovery and deployment of various gifts of each person, but also the sharing of those gifts, as well as the time and resources with which we’ve been blessed. To give of ourselves for the sake of others and the glory of God is just following the example that Christ gave to us. To what extent will you give?
the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. —Romans 12:8b
Like so many everyday people in the Bible, we are called to lead others, to make disciples who make disciples. This means we cannot be hindered by fear; rather, we must lead knowing that God is leading us out into the deep, into the unknown, because that is where we can get MORE of Him as we learn to rely upon Him as our good Shepherd. Where will God lead you?
Join us as we explore what MORE God can do through His people for His Glory and the good of others!