And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.
Romans 12:1-3, NLT
When Christ died, he died according to the scriptures, because of the love he had for us. He knew we couldn't love him unless he loved us first. God wanted a relationship with us and he knew that we couldn't ever properly learn how to worship him without first being able to learn how to love him with true love.
We love all the time though, right? Rabbi Abraham explains above that we love so that we can get something in return. God loves because he has created us, and has given a portion of himself to us. All God asks in return is that we love him back and worship him. But we have repaid him with worshiping other things life: ourselves, success, power, money, perfection, etc.
This week, we are looking at how the revolution that Christ started when he died and rose from the dead has effected all of humanity. He has changed the world. I hope you'll join me as we join Christ in this Revolution. See you Sunday!
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Faith Parry serves as our Associate Pastor, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not preaching and teaching, she enjoys documentaries and TV. Read more about Faith here.