Romans 12:1-2 – 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 reasonable 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. (NIV)
Accompanied by my mid-morning cup of tea, I started to eat my lunch early. As I opened up my chocolate mousse, brown, homogeneous, indifferent, and resolute in its container, it seemed to look back, unimpressed at me.
Many years ago, I used to be involved with manufacturing of coffee. So as I ate the mousse, I considered the fate of all the millions of plastic mousse cartons that have proceeded down an assembly line somewhere, waiting in line, noisily jostled and bumped, being filled, and awaiting their individual story of consumption. Then I pondered the comparison with the world in which we live, where people live alongside each other for a time and then are shipped around the country in pursuit of some pressing thing, their contents consumed by the world, and then laid aside.
The Kingdom of God, I believe, is not like this. Yes, we are called to be alongside our contemporaries, but what we are filled with is of great worth. Each one of us is individually formed, cared for, and fully known.
I think we are God's special offer to the world, to reveal, by our diversity of salt and light, the greater picture of God's love to those who will see Jesus in us, in what we say and do. Our "use by" date is open-ended, our seal everlasting. What are we filled with today?
Matthew 10:29-31 – Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (NIV)
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for your gracious cleansing and filling. Lord, thank you for making me, me. Sometimes we forget that this is part of your plan. Today, please send us out into your world, refilled by your Spirit and overflowing with your joy, compassion, and strength, to the glory of your name. Amen.