Date: Friday, January 24
Scripture: Romans 6:12-14
Verse: No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. (Romans 6:13)
I was listening to an interview recently where the discussion surrounded the business savvy of drug dealers and others involved in illegal activity. It is kind of a warped thought, but there are those whose acumen has helped them build lucrative businesses on the wrong side of the law. Imagine what these same people could accomplish if they would only use these abilities in ways that benefit society rather than destroy it. Or, as we sometimes put it, “If only they would use their powers for good instead of evil.”
When we are asked what we do, most of us share our job title. But our giftedness is much greater than what it says on our name tag. More than performing our job description we also interact with people every day, play roles like boss, child, parent and friend. We are commuters, consumers, Facebook friends, and so much more. Now consider this: What would it mean if you were to do all of that for God, as an act of thanksgiving for all God has given you? How would that change things?
In today’s passage, Paul asks us to consider doing just this – giving over everything we do to God. We too can use our powers for good rather than evil, for sharing rather than selfishness, for love rather than separation, for God rather than ourselves. You are deeply gifted. How are you using those gifts to glorify God?
Prayer: Show me your way, O God, to use all of my life in service to you. Amen.
Action: Spend the next couple of days conscious of how you might present your everyday activities to God.
Respond: How have you seen a gift wasted, or used in a way that only glorifies the self? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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