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Devotion - August 21, 2020

Romans 12:1-8

The New Life in Christ

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Devotion by Anne Mooney

This is a popular scripture and it is often used during the Stewardship Season when we are talking about people’s different spiritual gifts and encouraging folks to use those gifts in service to the church and to God. But the part of this scripture that spoke to me as I prepared to write this devotion was “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-what is good and acceptable and perfect.” What a tall order! Renew your mind and be transformed. Discern the will of God. God’s will is good, and here’s the clincher…it is perfect!

Perfection is kind of scary when I really think about it. I try, really try to achieve it, but in spite of my efforts and my wishes, it stays out of my reach. However, I can relate to renewing my mind and being transformed. I’ve experienced moments in time that changed my life permanently. I have had sudden bursts of clarity that shifted my perspective and my thinking and there’s no going back to the way I thought and felt before. That is transformation. It did come from trusting and praying to God.

Many of you know I attend Al-Anon, a twelve-step recovery group. In Al-Anon we work the same 12 steps they work in Alcoholics Anonymous. My favorite step is Step 11, which is to Pray for the knowledge of God’s will and the power to carry that out. I wish I could tell you that I am an expert at working this step, but I am nowhere close to that, but sometimes I am blessed with experiences where God’s will is clear. I see it like a vision and I know what to do. These experiences are transformative moments. Prayer renews my mind and helps me discern God’s will. Discerning and doing God’s will changes my life.

Prayer

Dear God, Thank you for transforming my life. Continue to guide me and make me aware of your will for me. Amen



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