“1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that 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 yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7 ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8 the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.”
This is one of Paul’s most important passages, especially when he writes, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God…” Breaking the lure of conforming our minds, our actions, and our wills to the way of the world has proven to be the greatest challenge of faith. I would also add, it has seemed to be the greatest challenge to God, too. The intangibles of God just seem no match for the tangibles of this world.
Thanks be to God there are those who still desire to follow the will and way of God. I count us at HCC among them!
Be a blessing to someone today!