Week of: August 27, 2017
Scripture: Romans 12:1-8
... a living sacrifice ...
(Romans 12:1, NRSV)
John Thompson and Randy Scruggs’ familiar song text is this: “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.” **
These words, coupled with Paul’s thesis in Romans 12 – that belief should impact behavior – “prepare” us for divine transformation.
The words in Romans 12 are some of the most important and strategic words penned in human history. They serve as a halftime address; a coach’s “chalk talk.” They are capable of leading God’s people toward a victorious life-journey. Long gone are the days of sacrificial lambs and burnt offerings. Instead, God asks for our "soma" (our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies; our entirety). Please do not let familiarity with these verses lead to passivity. Study them anew and afresh, for if you do, God will transform you from the inside out.
Paul encourages us to live out our beliefs. We are encouraged to present ourselves and renew our minds in God. In the week ahead, find ways in your music, worship, and dramatic arts ministry to become living sacrifices – renewed and transformed vessels for God.
Loving God, help our living to become transformed through faith in your Son Jesus and through your Word, and by the renewal of our minds. Give us the understanding of your Word which will guide our minds and hearts in become living reflections of you in your world. Amen.
** "Sanctuary," words and music by John Thompson and Randy Scruggs, © 1982, Whole Armor/Full Armor Music, admin. by The Kruger Organization. (From The Faith We Sing #2164)
Andrae J. Anthony
Director of Music
Broadway United Methodist Church
Photo: Opening worship at Awaken 2017, The Fellowship's Biennial Convocation, included banners that adorned the balcony of Quapaw Quarter UMC in Little Rock, AR.