Rev. Jeremiah Cheung continues our series on Stewardship with a challenge to offer our bodies to God. We were purchased from sin and death at a high price, the life of Jesus Christ. Hence, we are no longer our own. We are called to constantly renew our hearts and minds and live in a manner that is worthy of the sacrifice and glory of the cross.
1. If the Lord were to come today and call you to account, do you think the Lord will call you a good and faithful servant? Or a lazy and evil servant? In view of our accountability before God someday, what changes will you do today?
2. Paul instructs us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to the Lord. Why our bodies? How are our bodies and our lifestyle related? According to Paul, how should we offer our bodies?
3. Why did Paul say, “For to me to live is Christ”? How about you, for whom do you live?
4. Paul said we must offer our hearts and minds to God. How do we do so?
5. Our minds must be renewed and transformed. Humans dislike change, but without change, there can be no growth. As God’s children, how are we to change?
6. Are you willing to change? In what areas do you need to change?
If we are to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1), we must take proper care of our health. The CBCP Library recommends these two books to complement this week’s message.
Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul. Physical fitness, when offered to God and pursued with God, has enormous spiritual, emotional, and physical benefits. Author Gary Thomas explores the spiritual stakes behind the very physical battle of eating and exercise, and offers a fresh perspective and renewed motivation for making some major changes. As the apostle Paul notes: our bodies are “instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work”.
Do you feel tired? Deconditioned? Slouched? Heavy? In Get Healthy, for Heaven’s Sake: 7 Steps to Living Strong, Loving God, and Serving Others, author Lisa Morrone says too many Christian men and women who desire to serve God can’t do so because their bodies and minds are not up to the task. She offers an overall life plan that will restore and maintain our energy level, physical wellness, and personal fitness. Practical and rooted in the wisdom of the Scriptures, these balanced lifestyle changes will renew your sense of purpose and meaning. Best of all, they will add years to your life and life to your years.