Your Reasonable Service


Are we serving God through the use of the spiritual gifts He has given us?

Today’s Reading: Romans 12

Key Verse: Romans 12:1-2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

The word, “beseech,” indicates a strong urge to make a 100 percent commitment to God. Paul practiced what he preached. The daily discipline of participating with me in this journey is a renewing of our minds. Here we are exhorted to a very practical Christianity and this is how to get along with others. Here is the recognition of the spiritual gifts that we receive from God. No believer is left out. We can find our place here. Let us take time right now to consider our position in this list. Are we using these gifts which differ “according to the grace given unto us?" By exercising our gifts every day, we will, with absolute certainty, “overcome evil with good.”


Lord Jesus, our reading for today is a perfect example of how You lived Your life while functioning as a Human Being here on earth. You never used Your Divine Essence to lift Yourself above the struggles common to mankind. I give myself anew right now to Your life within me. I ask for an increased measure of faith and grace to live minute by minute as a person who is becoming more like You. In Your all-powerful Name I pray, Amen!


Something truly life-changing happened to me two years ago. It came directly out of a week of fasting and prayer led by our pastor here in Lakeland, Florida, where Norma-Jean and I are just now. We have a mobile home in Seniors Park and the weather is absolutely wonderful, sunny and warm. It’s January and this Canadian from the frozen north has worn a t-shirt outside since arriving four days ago. I may graduate to short pants today, although my brother-in-law, Reynold, who is coming to stay with us shortly, describes my appearance in shorts this way, “I’ve seen better legs hanging out of a nest.” Needless to say, we have a great deal of fun here. We’ve even produced a seniors TV series from here called, Really Good Medicine. (Why not Google it?) How do we all get along? Well, today’s reading is as good an answer to that question as any. It works!

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