Friday, 29 October 2021
Title: Stand out for God
By: Amanda Foo
Many of us would have heard Romans 12:1-2 being quoted at one point (if not on numerous occasions) in our lives, whereby Paul issues a command to the Roman church: ‘I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.’
These two verses essentially outline how we should be living our lives; as true servants and followers of God. Having experienced the grace of God, we are not to live for ourselves but instead, offer our lives up to Him, yielding to His will and purpose.
To not conform to this world can be difficult, especially when we care about what others think. Growing up, though loved by my parents, I struggled with low self-esteem. I had hit puberty at an early age, and due to my love for food, I was always on the fleshier side, making me very self-conscious. It probably didn’t help that I was tall for my age, because it only made me stand out more. In fact, when my Youth student told me that she wished that she was shorter, my heart broke a little because I could totally empathize with what she was going through.
Yet, God calls us to stand out in this world. Having been set free from sin, we are now slaves of God (Romans 6:22). We are able to take a bold stand for God because Jesus has already paid the ultimate price by dying on the cross for you and me. Praise God! Looking back, my lack of self-esteem was a God-shaped hole, stemming from my innate desire to be accepted. Through the Cross, we can be sure that we have been fully accepted and fully loved. People’s opinions are fickle, but God is not. He is everlasting, and nothing can separate us from the love of God.
I wish I can say that the life I now live, I live fully for God; alas, I remember that His mercies are new every morning. So, let us (you and I) make a decision today to live boldly for Him. Wherever God has placed you, I urge you to stand out by living radically for God, always giving glory to the One who deserves all the praise. We live in an increasing world of skepticism, which makes shining God’s light ever more important (Matthew 5:14).
Father God, I thank You for the Cross; for through it, my soul is at peace knowing that I am fully known and fully loved. Forgive me for the times that I have strayed and conformed to the world out of fear, when in reality, it is Your opinion that truly matters. Help me God to live boldly for You. Guide me in Your truth and renew my mind, that I may live each day for Your glory.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
在我们的生活中，许多人或多或少都曾听过罗马书12:1-2在某些时刻被引用，保罗借此向罗马教会发出命令：“ 所以弟兄们、我以 神的慈悲劝你们、将身体献上、当作活祭、是圣洁的、是 神所喜悦的。你们如此事奉、乃是理所当然的。不要效法这个世界。只要心意更新而变化、叫你们察验何为 神的善良、纯全可喜悦的旨意。