Sunday, October 30, 2011
My Favourite Bible Verse
The Message (MSG)
Place Your Life Before God
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.
New International Version (NIV)
A Living Sacrifice
1 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. 2 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.
Word on the Streets - Rob Lacey.
So I say - and I can't say it strong enough - with all this "God writing off our mess" in mind: give it up for God - your life; give it up. Like A sacrifice, only a live one. Put your body on the butcher's block, your neck in the noose and let God's hands hold the controls. This is what "being spiritual" means; this is "worship" - making God smile. Don't get moulded by what adverts* say you should have/should do/should be. Keep on becoming more and more outstanding - literally, standing out, as your thinking's freshened up, regular. Then you'll know what God wants for you. What his plan for your life - the plan that can't be criticized.
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