In A Word, WORSHIP! 

living-sacrifice

I hope you enjoyed the holiday. For some it’s already over; back to work. For others it will end perhaps on Sunday evening as you head back to the real world. Ah yes, the real world. May I say a little about that. After all the excitement, not much has changed, has it? Looking back on the “Advent” of Messiah long after His death and resurrection, long after Pentecost and the coming of the Comforter, the Apostle Peter said something that sounds remarkably like how we feel after celebrating Christmas: “Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying- ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ ”

So in the real world it’s very natural to think as these “scoffers” did in Peter’s day; nothing really has changed. The world is still in a mess, corruptions, scandals, tragedies, and much more are still all too common. But according to the Biblical narrative, in a sense, everything has changed. In a word, the promised deliverance from man’s fallen condition has become reality and this is The heart of the Gospel. With the birth of God’s Son Jesus, a new creation was birthed in human flesh. We’ve celebrated Advent-the season of expectancy with the original cast who were alive to actually witness that birth. We have read the old stories not only of the historical place and event, but we have read other Scriptures-both from the Old Testament and the New to get a fuller view of the event: not only what happened, but why and for what purpose, with God’s own commentary on the work that He himself had accomplished in every detail.

Now it’s time for our response and if we have even faintly understood the Christmas message, the response of our entire being worthy of God’s great deliverance.  A response that begins with Hymns of praise as no doubt some enjoyed as part of our Christmas celebration, but a response that leads to an act of worship Saint Paul calls, presenting these bodies redeemed from the curse and bondage of sin, as living sacrifices. This he calls our “reasonable worship”. While the glow of Christmas is still there, before it dims and you go back to life as usual, join me in meditating on these incredible words from Romans 11:32-12:2, and responding as millions of others around the world have done and continue to do.

In the midst of the old creation that is passing away, is a new one just getting started-do you see it with the eyes of faith? If you see it, you will find yourself worshiping!

May you have a blessed new life in Christ in the new year.

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