Though I always feel that God is speaking to me when attend worship, yesterday was an amazing experience of hearing God speak to me during the sermon. Here was the verse:
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, [a]acceptable to God, which is your [b]spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this [c]world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may [d]prove what the will of God is, that which is good and [e]acceptable and perfect.
3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, [f]according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if [g]service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [h]liberality;he who [i]leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. [biblegateway.com]
couple neat things: “living sacrifice” is actually “divine service.” it’s neat to think its about God living service. It goes along with my pastor’s message that as Christians, we are called to “Love God, Love Others” … and “Volunteer or Die (as in Christ died…) ” Message point: take a leap with your gifts for God. 😀
Despite all these wonderful messages, it was during the discussion about teaching and having a gift of knowledge that I felt my pastor directly spoke to me. It was that same feeling I got when I was trying to decide about going to seminary. That “hey, hey you, yeah, Sara, Hi its me God again…” And to throw in some irony–we sang one of my favorite songs “Here I am, Lord” which is about being called to God’s service. Then my pastor talked about getting involved about teaching a small group and how our church has a gap in adult teaching. If that wasn’t a call to something I don’t know what is.
So there’s that… what i’ll probably be praying and thinking about when Wednesday arrives.