jON says: Mar 27, 2006 - 18:57 RO 12:1 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”be ready. at any moment of any day to allow the spirit of god to live out his agenda through you. make sure your schedules are loose enough, and your priorities correct enough, that you may heed his call on a whim. RO 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”interesting that paul follows up a call to be available to the lord at any moment with a cry to not be conformed to the world and their ways. and to be transformed in our thinking so that we may understand god’s will.again, the parallels come out for me. as the church is full of wheat and tares, when i read words like “the world” i of course get the classical images spoken of. but then i also see pictures of the religion of the tares. “christianity”. how wrapped up are we in our own agendas to be unavailable to serve in the spirit? what if we are late for a board meeting and we see someone stranded on the side of the road? what would we do? are our humanly agendas more important to us? i must weep and say that more often than not, i have been unwilling to fear god rather than men. i would rather leave god’s inward call unheeded than have to face the wrath of a human and explain why i am late. and in doing so, i am unwilling to put my career on the line for the sake of the kingdom. as if the lord himself has not promised that i will be taken care of. ouch. and what do you think this says about our war with iraq? RO 12:17-21 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.