“So here is what I want you to do. God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2
This Scripture from the Apostle Paul really speaks to me today. It’s within everyday life that God lives, moves, works and brings out the best in us.
It’s within and through the seemingly ordinary lives of two faithful followers of Jesus that God spoke to me this week. Their attention to God over a life time has transformed them from the inside out. Their lives, as offerings to God, embrace God in so many ways. They openly received God’s help and responded with trust, hope and gratitude.
Roger Phillips was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Roger is embracing God, responding with trust and wants us to know (I mean really know) that every day is a gift. This seemingly every day, ordinary life—sleeping, eating, walking around life—is an extraordinary gift. God is bringing out the best in Roger in the most challenging of times. His faith, hope and love are living responses.
In the passing of Ed Hewlett, we reflect upon a life which quickly responded to God, recognizing what God wanted from him. Ed responded to conflict by seeking reconciliation between persons. Ed responded to “retirement” with giving himself to becoming a full time servant on the Schweitzer campus. Ed responded to the needs of others that God placed before him. Ed responded quickly, over and over, worshiping God with his whole-self, in all of life. He responded to the Holy Spirit’s leading; willing, available and on mission with God. He empowered others. Ed responded with THANKS to Jesus for the personal relationship they share.
Let’s keep our attention focused upon God. Let’s offer ourselves to God as living sacrifice—in this everyday life. Together, we the body of Christ, are the hope of the world.