Thursday Morning –June 16 5:00 AM “Stucco Day”
Romans 12:1-3 says, ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers, 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. 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 Old Testament the word sacrifice was very familiar. It was the presenting of and then the killing of a spotless lamb representing the perfect messiah that was one day going to enter the world and ultimately end the need for spiritual death through His own physical death. So as the word sacrifice was used it clearly referred to the idea that something needed to die. In these verses comes Paul’s urge to us offer ourselves not as a sacrifice that needs to die once but an urge for us to be a living sacrifice that is willing to die over and over again. A sacrifice who is willing to take up the cross of Christ daily and present our bodies to whatever God is calling us to.
We think of sacrifice as a giving up of something. Paul is giving the picture of a sacrifice that God is calling us to, to give up everything. In view of what Christ has done for us, nothing is more valuable or precious than the sacrifice that He made for us. And in that mind set of recognizing that we would be completely lost without His great sacrifice for us, we are called to not die for him but to live for Him til we die.
The word worship is often one that makes us think of things like church, or worship services, or singing praise songs, or praising God, or being in a moment that we recognize the greatness of God. Kind of like I am feeling right now as I sit on the deck at the Base. As the team is still sound asleep inside, I am witnessing the sky catch fire in the East as a spectacular sun rise is being painted on the amazing tapestry in the sky once again. Yes these experiences that we have of experience the awesomeness of our God are amazing and important, they really are not our true spiritual act of Worship.
Our true spiritual act of worship comes when we offer ourselves, even at great risk to be used completely and fully by our maker and our Savior. Worship is really by design, not something that is meant for our hearts to be touched but for us to touch the Heart of the one who should be the most precious thing in our life. God’s heart is most moved and His sacrifice for us best remembered when we offer our lives as a offering. This week, that is what this team is doing. They are living out the term sacrifice here is the middle of Guatemala.
Many of the team here are sharing that they desire to discover what God’s will is for their life. I am sure that they are not alone. Is it not something that most of us struggle to find. “ What does God want me to do with my life?” is a question that I know many of us ask. In verse 3 of Romans 12 we find the secret to discovering the answer to this question. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Can you see it. There’s the wind and the waves again. The powerful distractions of this world that take our eyes off of Christ. The “fool’s gold” that we so often chase after only to find out it isn’t real.
If you believe what Paul is saying, the only wat to discover the God ordained purpose for your life. If you want to chase after a purpose that will eternally satisfy, it all starts with turning your back on the world and fixing your eyes, your hearts and your mind HIM! That is the beginning of a life of true worship. Turning our back on the World and the wind and the waves that distract, and letting God take ownership of everything we are. Remember, when one has their eyes fixed on Christ, nothing, not even walking on water is impossible if that is God’s will.
Today as we head back to the families that we have begun building for [both homes and relationships], we will be putting the coat of protection form the wind and the rain over the home. This protection is in the form of a pink concrete stucco. It is a messy day but is very necessary to making these Homes last and be able to weather the storms that will surely come. On Friday we will be covering the Home with something even greater than stucco. We will be covering them with the spiritual protection of Prayer. A protection we trust that will protect these special families from the spiritual storms that will surely come as well.
Pray for the team today as we travel, as we stucco, as we love, as we laugh, as we cry, as we work hard, as we offer ourselves as living sacrifices, Holy and pleasing to God. Pray for us as we truly worship God again today.
In His grip,
Kevin Van Wyhe
Thursday Morning –June 16 5:00 AM “Stucco Day”