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CHURCH: The Place of Roaring Lambs or House Cats
Romans 12: 2 (p 803) June 5, 2011
“Do not conform any longer 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”
In the mid 1990’s a band called P.C. Talk released a big hit record called Jesus Freak…and I have to admit…I kinda liked it…but, my favorite song from the album was “What If I Stumble?” If you get in your Delorean and go back in time with me it was the first time I was introduced to one of my favorite writers…because the song “What if I Stumble?” begins with a quote from Brennan Manning.
Here it is……”Play Quote”
[“The greatest single cause of atheism today is Christians, who acknowledge, Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door and deny him with their lifestyle. That’s what an unbelieving world simply finds…unbelievable! As we consider Paul’s words in Romans 12:2 its essential we understand that church is not a place we go, but a people we are.
Being a follower of Jesus isn’t just showing up at the appropriate times to do the appropriate things. If you begin to think like this in terms of defining your Christianity you will never understand God’s will for your life….and instead of becoming a lamb that Roars you will become a house cat.
Maybe that’s exactly why Paul begins this 12 chapter with these words- “therefore, I urge you bothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - THIS IS YOUR SPIRITUAL ACT OF WORSHIP”
Paul starts in the right place when it comes our salvation…GRATITUDE. Thank you God for your mercy…and because I’ve experienced that amazing grace I now surrender my body daily….I deny myself…I take up my cross…I follow..Jesus…This is what holiness is all about…this is what please God…This is my purpose….worship that takes place daily…not just on Sundays.
How can I really do this?
I DON’T CONFORMTO THE WORLD’S PATTERN.
The message translates Romans 12:1 this way, “So here’s what I want you to do God helping you. Take your everyday ordinary life---your sleeping, eating, going to work and walking around lift---place it before God as an offering…”
The reason many become “House Cats” when it comes to their faith is that Jesus has been used as a “get out of hell free card” instead of Lord of my day to day life. We acknowledged Jesus with our lips…maybe even got baptized in the process, but walk out the door still retaining “ownership” of our day to day lives.
The extreme problem with this is it’s a lie that leaves an individual with a false hope and a wordly pattern of living. It’s a belief that I can say I surrender my life to God and then not really do it..but because I’ve said it…”I’m o.k.” Jesus warns about people who teach this type or religion and the consequences of following it. Matt 7: 15-24 (p 685)