Paul invites us to bring ourselves as a sacrifice (Romans 12).
When we focus on God, then we will start to change and become more like Jesus.
It is when we lay down our lives, that we will grow.
By the renewing of our minds we can be changed into the redeemed version of ourselves. Paul wrote in verse 2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
If we are who God wants us to be, then we will flourish and be able to function in the Body.
The Body of Christ spesialises in gifts. The Body is made up of different people with different, unique gifts and strengths that work together and are used for God’s Kingdom.
Paul mentions the following gifts with some tips to put it into practice (The Message): “If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else (prophetic); if you help, just help, don’t take over (servant); if you teach, stick to your teaching (teacher); if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy (encourager); if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate (ruler); if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond (giver); if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them (carer). Keep a smile on your face.” (Romans 12:6-8)
To identify your gift, ask yourself these questions:
- What resonate in my soul as I read Romans 12:6-8?
- What do I enjoy doing naturally?
- What is the Holy Spirit telling me?
- What ministry in my life is God blessing?
- What gifts do others see operating in me?
Paul knew that it is not always easy to work together. Therefore, he says love one another, run from evil, do good, be a good friend, be the least, encourage yourself, and look for the best in everybody.
Ask yourself what you can do to make a difference. Then sow yourself in the ground of God’s garden and be what He wants you to be, empowered by the gifts of the Holy Spirit.