Text: Romans 12:1-8
For transformation of your mind
For the gift of God given you by the Holy Spirit
For refocused time
PAUL NOW TURNS HIS DISCUSSION in Romans to what it means for men and women in their daily lives.
Don’t be conformed by the spirit of the world, be transformed by the Holy Spirit of God.
Within that word transformed is a whole world of meaning, but for the moment, let us simply say that it means “change how you think.” If that sounds hard, then imagine poor Nicodemus hearing that he had to be born again!
When we talk about discipleship, we are talking about learning, but our learning is less about content or information as it is about application or practice. There is content, there is information or data, but discipleship is as much or more about habits, about skills, about activity.
So, how do we learn new habits? How do we acquire new skills? Like any such learning, discipleship is
RELATIONAL—it happens within a community, among loving spiritual friendships;
INTENTIONAL—it happens because of deliberate, enduring attachment to Jesus Christ;
DEVELOPMENTAL—it happens through practice, where habits are first tried out, worked on, and mastered over time.
These three: relational, intentional, developmental—are the heart of Christian discipleship. As the Spirit works faith in us over time, these three aspects of Christian discipleship bring about what Paul describes: a people free from the stifling conformity of the world, transformed in how they see God, themselves and the world.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks
--Image from The Chosen, publicity still, "Jesus and his disciples,"