Our broken world needs God. For many living in brokenness, we will be the first bible they every read. Although we are not of this world, we are to be in the world. God calls us to be His hands and feet, using whatever gifts He has given us to make His world a better place. We cannot simply and only exit within the four walls of our homes and our churches. We must step outside into the fray.
To be a “living sacrifice” we must be willing to give up and share some of our stuff – our time, our money and resources, our gifts and talents, and ourselves. As God becomes more, we become less. Our decisions and actions look less like ours and more like His. ‘Other’ supercedes ‘self’.
As we become increasingly aware of the world’s needs and our role in meeting those needs, we become more aware that our whole life is an act of worship. Our simple greeting of another becomes a way of sharing God’s love with another in need. Our conversation with the store’s employee becomes an opportunity to minister. Our choice of how to conduct ourselves at work becomes an extension of our worship. Our choice of what to do with our free Saturday becomes a reflection of God being a priority in our life instead of ourself being the priority.
Our words offer hope, love, reconciliation, healing. Our actions bring relief, justice, provision, protection. As we live into this type of Christianity, God’s spirit and presence in our life grows deeper and deeper within us. As people that are broken begin to know God through our words and actions, they begin to know God too. Every word we offer and every action that we make can bring ourselves and other closer to God. May we choose wisely this day.
Scripture reference: Romans 12: 1-8