August 24, 2008am   May I Help You?     Romans 12

by Ron George Jr.

What does God want in our worship? 

Romans 12     Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spirituala act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer 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.
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to hisb faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

What’s Your View of God and God’s Mercy?  Has He done enough for you so that you would believe in Him and trust Him with your life and your worship?

What does God want in our worship?  How Have you Honored Him?  Would you honor Him with your life? 

This is your spiritual Act of Worship:  Worship is much more than just going to church. 

  1. Don’t be conformed to the pattern of this world.

 

  1. Be Transformed by the renewing of your mind in Christ. 
  1. Do you Know what is God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will?  Then will you do it?

 

  1. Remember who you are.  Don’t think of yourself too highly. What do you think of yourself?  Do you think of yourself more highly than you ought?  Who are you?  This may be the root of the problem.  How high do you think of yourself?  Do you think you can’t do anything?  So then you don’t do anything because you won’t.  Do you think of yourself so highly that everyone has to bow down to your belief because you know it all?
  1. Become a part of the body of Christ in the church.  Everyone is different and is a different part of the body.  What is your part? 

 

  1. Give of yourself to the others the way that Christ gave himself to you.
  1. Give your Gift to others in worship of the Lord.  I Peter 4:88 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

 

  1. What is your gift?  If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to hisb faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
  1. Will you ask “May I help you?”  As you serve the Lord will you worship as He wants and calls you to?  What is his good will for you?  Would you get involved and give yourself to the Lord by giving yourself to others?

 

  1. This is our spiritual act of worship.  This is why so many don’t enjoy their Christian life as they could.  We miss out on what we could have by not giving ourself to others as we could? 

Do you ask What does God want or what do I want or what do they want?
Do you ask what does God want me to be and do or what do I want to do?
Do you ask what does God want to hear or what do I want to hear? 
What are your rights and what are you entitled to?  What are your entitlements?
When it comes to worship?  Do you ask what do I like or what does God want?
When it comes to service?  Do you ask what does God want me to do or what do I want to do?
What will I do in God’s worship and service?  Do you ask what has God given (gifted) me to do or what do I feel comfortable doing?  What can I do with God helping me?
How much will I be involved in the church?  Do you see the church as an human organization or do you see it as the body of Christ? 

a Or reasonable

b Or in agreement with the

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Ro 12:1-8.

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). 1 Pe 4:8-11.

b Or in agreement with the