Day by Day
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform 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.” (Romans 12: 1, 2 NIV)
I have read and studied and meditated upon these words many, many times. I have kept a journal of sorts through the years on my computer. The theme changes from time to time. Currently, I have called my journal “Prayers for Help,” and I can attest to the fact that as I have recorded prayers acknowledging that I need God’s help in various areas, He has helped me. Before that I would almost daily acknowledge my desire to dedicate my body to God’s service as a “living sacrifice.” My interpretation of that is simply to dedicate my physical body to carry out the plans and purposes of God for that day. This is why I have titled this article “Day by Day.”
In one sense this article is a confession of sin and failure. In another sense this article is an acknowledgement of God’s great mercy. My confession is that I often fail to have faith in what God is saying to me and fail to believe that He can do through me what He says He can do. Let me explain why this often happens and why it comes to mind for this article.
There is a promise of God spoken through His Son, Jesus Christ, that if we are faithful in little assignments we will be given bigger assignments. These promises are particularly articulated in the Parable of the Minas:
“The first one came and said, `Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’
“`Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. `Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’” (Luke 19: 16, 17 NIV)
Even though I believe, generally speaking, that the promises of God are true; I sometimes find it difficult to believe that a particular promise actually applies to me. I have been going through these articles that I have posted as blogs over the year 2013 and 2014. I have posted a blog almost every day during that time. Each day I have prayed that God would help me to write what He would want me to write. Although in the midst of all of this time I have often felt that my efforts were no useful; I actually have been faithful in what God has assigned me to do. I hope you will not see this as an expression of pride. I am trying to make an illustration and encourage myself to further do what God has assigned.
In effect I am discerning God’s will according to Romans 12: 2, “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
We are to dedicate ourselves daily to live according to God’s plans and purposes. As we live day by day with that dedication in mind; the result is an ever expanding responsibility in the kingdom of God. This is not accidental or arbitrary. This is the way that God works on the earth. We have been given dominion over the planet. We abrogated that responsibility when Adam sinned and gave that dominion to the evil one. Jesus won back our position of authority and assigned us to become Apostles, Prophets, Healers, Givers, Pastors, Teachers, and, in general, lovers of one another and servants to each other so that we can grow up and retake the planet from the enemy.
I am encouraging myself to believe what God has done to make me an overcomer in Christ. I am encouraging you to believe with me that as we love one another; grow into mature sons and daughters of God; and take our rightful place in the Body of Christ; it is only a matter of time before this planet is subdued under Christ and is fully the kingdom of God.