Voice of God

Do you ever feel like there are about a million people telling you what to do?  From exhortations on the radio, infomercials on tv (regular commercials seem like infomercials half the time), to pop-up ads, FaceBook posts and friends’ advice; it seems as if we are surrounded by well-meaning calls on how to live.  It can get a little wearisome.  And, difficult to live up to.  I find myself feeling under-adjusted and a low achiever.

But, the Apostle Paul wants us to know that God’s voice is the one we must listen to.  That’s where true life will come from.  Read his words from the 12th chapter of Romans, verses 1-2 and 9-21 from The Message translation.

So here’s 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.

Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

May these words of Paul be the only advice we listen to in how to live full lives of love, following Jesus.  May we read these words each day and practice them. 

Together we will hear these words, consider them and reflect on them in worship at 9 and 10:30 am.  We will be looking for you. Will you be there tomorrow?


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