Transformational Living — Romans 12

I am given grace for MY life. There is a measure of faith given TO ME. I cannot measure my life in Christ against someone else. I cannot live my life in Christ in front of the world as a marketing tool.

Judging yourself with sober judgment is near impossible in a Facebook gazing, self-marketing world. But that is our call.
We need to live in this powerful realization: “I am part of the Body of Christ and what I contribute matters. It may not be noticed or blogged about or trumpeted by others. It may not go viral. But it matters.”
God has given me a measure of faith for my assignment. I am to understand my gifts and live in my assignment. 
 
When all is said and done, Jesus isn’t going to look at how many “Likes” I had on Facebook. He is going to examine how I did with the faith measured out to me. Do I understand the gifts Christ has given to me? Am I being equipped in those gifts? Am I using those gifts?
The power of transformational life is the ability to live joyfully for Christ alone without regard to the measures others may have in their lives, or the measures others may want to put on our lives.
Lord, I need renewed thinking in my life today. May my body, my spirit, my mind be laid before you so you can do with my life as you will. You are King… I am your apprentice.

Transformed Life

As you do all this, you know what time it is. The hour has already come for you to wake up from your sleep. Now our salvation is nearer than when we first had faith. (Rom 13:11, CEB)

“As you do all this…” All what? What Paul has talked about through Romans 12 and 13. This is about living the transformed life. This is about a people who will finally step away from the conformity to this world and rise up to the higher call of living out the Kingdom in power.

It is time for the transformation of the saints to take hold. It is time to hunger for his presence, hunger for his kingdom, and allow the transforming work of the Spirit have the authority in our lives.

It is time to wake up.

A baptism of holiness, a demonstration of godly living is the crying need of our day.
– Duncan Campbell

We Don’t Talk About Expectations in the Kingdom of God

I am beginning to read through 1-2 Corinthians for next week’s service. One of the things we just don’t like to talk about in American Christianity is expectations. Not of each other… but God’s expectations of us. There is a higher calling. We have to “give up to go up.” We are live with the allegiance of a Kingdom in mind.

And we are to be willing to be transformed.

2 Cor. 3:18 talks about being transformed into the image of Christ. The word for image is where we get “icon.” In the Orthodox Church that has significance. There is a high view of humanity. In fundamentalist circles… we’re worms.

But the expectation is clear. Not that we really want to go for it. We are to be icons of Christ. How we walk… live… talk… reflects Christ.

And I thought when I got up this morning my biggest goal would be to exercise…