'1 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. 2 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
I love the challenge of this passage. My friend and I went to visit the 'Campus of Hope' in Conroe yesterday. Don Johnson, long time member of StoneBridge, has begun a ministry recently that provides food, daytime shelter, clothes and encouragement to the hundreds of homeless in Conroe 7 days a week. We had a chance to tour his facility and witness first-hand what it looks like to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the forgotten and the least of these. As we were reflecting on our visit we were talking about how we could live out this kind of raw compassion on a more daily basis like Don does. What if we regularly bought extra groceries for those in need? What if we took a little more time with our waitress and asked if we could pray for her? what if we regularly used more of our free time to pray for others or plan creative ways for our families to go and serve others? What if serving others became a normal part of our daily rhythm? I think that's the kind of worship that really brings a smile to our Father's face. That's the kind of worship where we take our 'everyday ordinary life and place it before Him as an offering.'