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

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist.org

 

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.

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 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? 

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?

a Or reasonable

b Or in agreement with the

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