“Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” (Romans 12:1 The Message)
Before the applause faded Paul the Apostle walked to the podium. Of course, the place went nuts. He raised his hands, gesturing for us to quite down.
“I am not here to speak today, but to introduce our next speaker. Before I do, I would like to make a few comments. And would somebody please keep an eye on that young man in the balcony; I don’t want him falling asleep and dropping to his death while I’m talking!”
The place roared with laughter.
“It is good to be with you, and to see so many dear friends together again.” And seeing us in the audience, Paul said, “I am especially delighted to have our guest who have traveled far to come to this place called Grace. I so enjoyed our visit together back at the Tavern, and we all welcome you here today!”
The great crowd applauded in agreement.
“My friend Philemon is correct. God has indeed promised each of us that He will fill us with His Spirit, empowering us the be who He created us to be and to do what He has called us to do.
But, the fulfillment of God’s promise “depends entirely on us trusting God and His way, and then simply embracing Him and what He does” (Romans 4:16 The Message).
Indeed, “all that is required is that we submit our lives to His Lordship in Jesus – fully embracing God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. So, you’re not actually doing anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting Him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: ‘God has set everything right between Him and me!’” (Rom 10:8-10 The Message)
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
“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. (Rom 12:1-2 The Message).
Friends, you have a decision to make; and no one but you can make it. Embrace God’s best – it’s the best decision you will ever make.
And now, I invite to the stage a dear friend who is like a son to me. Would you please extend a warm welcome to Timothy, a true and tested champion of Grace.