In the last two weeks of this project, I’ve found myself up against an old challenge. I want to be able to do it myself. I don’t want to inconvenience anyone else. But offering my body as a living sacrifice to God is inextricably linked to knowing that I can’t do it myself.
Until this week, I had missed the crucial little word connecting the first two verses of Romans 12 to the next six.
(12:1) “. . . offer your bodies as living sacrifices. . .”
(12:2) “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds. . . “
FOR (that’s the word I missed, that little connecting word that indicates cause or reason or clarification)
(12:3) “. . . I say to you. . . Don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought. . .”
(12:4-8) “. . . we have different gifts. . . If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. . .”
In other words, don’t think you can (or need to) do everything by yourself. Offer your part and work on doing that well, and don’t try to be a kidney if you’re actually an elbow.
And find comfort in this: what you have to offer matters. It really does.
Those meals you brought? They fed me while I wrote. That editing you did? That praying? That formatting, and the childcare which freed up another to do the formatting? It’s all proof that this study is not my work. It’s our work, one of the many places where God’s life is being poured out through His body working together. I might be the hand holding the pen, but without you, the big toe, I wouldn’t be able to balance. I’m so excited to show you next week what we’ve been doing together!