If you haven’t watched the message from last weekend, please click here to watch Rusty’s message as he sets up this series.
One of the big takeaways for me was the reference to Romans 12:1-2. It’s one the passages that I have had memorized as a kid. If you haven’t memorized it, it’s time to give it a shot! Let’s take a minute to read it.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Think of verse 1 like an overview of what God wants us to do and verse 2 explaining the steps on how to do it. The passage supports the idea that the transformed life God wants for us will not happen accidently. It takes practice, perseverance, and purpose. So…not only did God save us on purpose but also saved us for a purpose.
As we see from the passage, God’s purpose for us is to set the pace of culture and not the other way around. Unfortunately, sometimes the culture sets the culture of the Church. We can get caught up in what other people are doing and then trying to find Bible verses to support culture. The danger with having culture set the pace for the Church is that culture changes all the time. Instead, the transformed life goes to God first and humbly submits to what God wants.
Let’s commit to caring more about what God says than what culture says about issues.
New Hope Church