I have an everyday, ordinary life. I wake up to a morning walk and coffee. I head out to work. I get home and do normal stuff. I hang out with the kids. We watch movies, play games, go the park, talk, etc. I go shopping (though I am not a fan of shopping). I run errands. I read. I sleep. I eat. Romans says to “take your everyday, ordinary life… and place it before God as an offering.”
There was a time when I thought my life was so ordinary that there would be no reason God would want it as an offering. What did I do? Today I think differently. With humility, I can see that my life is valuable. It is important. It can be an offering placed before God. Yes, God wants you to offer your life to Him. He wants it all!
Never think your life is meaningless. Never think that you are too ordinary, too mediocre, too unqualified. God wants your everyday, ordinary life. Embrace Him. Fix your attention on Him and watch what He does to your life. You will still have the everyday, ordinary life, but great things will come from it. “You’ll be changed from the inside out,” and it is true—“God brings the best out of you.” Nothing is left ordinary in God’s hands. He made you for something great. Don’t hold back anymore.
“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 life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” – Romans 12:1-2 [MSG]
When a person holds a young baby, they hold it differently than something less fragile. You support the head. You wrap both arms around the baby. You keep the baby close. You protect the baby. You treat the baby gently.
In Romans 14, we are told to treat other believers gently. People will not always share the same opinions. People will not always understand a passage in the same way. People might have a different opinion when it comes to what music they think should be played at church or which Sunday School curriculum to use. Some people will want to stand firm on a particular agenda while others are more focused on other things.
The bottom line is we are to “treat them gently.” We are not to “jump all over them.” We are to be gentle. When you try to push your opinion so hard, it is more about being right (pride) then it is about Jesus. When you get all caught up in rules and regulations and agendas, Jesus is lost in the shuffle. So today, as fellow believers will come in your path and possibly not agree with you on some matters, remember that each of us is on our own walk with Christ and treat everyone gently. Encourage. Equip. Embrace. Empower. Show love.
“Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.” – Romans 14:1 [MSG]