OUR PARTS


OUR PARTS

North American Christians often talk about “accepting Christ,” or “trusting in Jesus,” or “receiving Christ.” It almost sounds as though we were doing God a favor, though we do not intend it that way. Rarely is the notion of self-sacrifice or personal surrender to God considered in these early stages of Christianity. We prefer the benefits without much cost. We too often are bent on “cheap grace,” that is, on forgiveness without repentance, on Christianity without Christlikeness, on deliverance without discipline.
At some point, we need to make a clear and conscious shift away from a self-oriented life to a Christ-oriented one. Paul put it this way:
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.”
Romans 12:1-2
This is a call for total dedication and transformation, accomplished as God and we do our parts.
-Thomas E. Armiger