A few thoughts from Vicky Bryant around Romans 12. vs 1,2

Romans 12 v 1,2. 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 spiritual act of worship. 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.
How do we present our bodies as a living sacrifice? what does it involve? Whilst not meeting together and praising God together here are some thoughts on another aspect of our worship in these ‘ lock-down’ days
Genesis 1 v 27 So God created man in his own image….
Genesis 2 v 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Psalm 139 v 13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well…..All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Physically and mentally and emotionally, we are made in God’s image. We see Godlike attributes in all mankind: the ability to create, work and care and multitudes of good things made possible by our human bodies and minds.
When we accept his amazing offer of salvation God sets at work in us to conform us to the image of Jesus. Paul tells us to work out our salvation for God is at work in us. As we give him all that we are, including our thinking we shall find his way forward.
Romans 8 v 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.
I Corinthians 6 v 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God in your body.
1 Peter 1 v 15. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy”
2 Peter 1 vs 1-10. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness……. make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self- control,perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love
What a challenge! Is this worship? FREE FROM THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE
The world is constantly trying to push us into its mould. Because there is little prevailing belief in eternal life, fear about this life is very real.

 At this time of concern about Coronavirus we need to be encouraged that all the days ordained for us are written in his book. Nothing in all creation is able to separate us from his love, not even death. He knows how many days each of us has and we need to make the most of them. Jesus tells us not to worry about our life because our Heavenly Father knows what we need.
Matthew 6 v 22 Jesus said “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good , your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness”
We need to be careful about what we see and hear . We need to be informed about this world but aware that we are citizens of heaven.
Interestingly during ‘lock-down’ what we look like and wear is suddenly somewhat less important and we see the shallowness of the world’s emphasis on our outward appearance. What we are like inside becomes more important!
1 Timothy 4 v 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
However we should try to look after the body God has given us, eating wisely and exercising to keep ourselves as fit as we can because it honours him.
In his great mercy, God has picked us up and given us a new and eternal life. Our response should be to give him all that we are, resisting the pressure of the world, and that is worship.

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