Golden Pillar Class Study, teacher Rick Coleman.
We present our bodies as a living sacrifice when we give up ourselves and crucify our flesh. We have to give of ourselves or we won’t receive the fulness of the kingdom of God.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Things will be difficult for us unless we go deep and give of ourselves. 1. We need to die to self, 2. We need to live for God, putting our faith and trust in him. There are admonitions that can only be beneficial to those of us who are serving God. We have to throw the wood, hay, and stubble in the fire to let God burn it up. When we realize something isn’t beneficial or good for us, we get rid of it. We purge ourselves of those things to be a vessel of honor and so God can call us “thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21). This is our reasonable service, especially when we consider his sacrifice for us. Many of us have retired from our jobs. Anything of value takes work and comes with responsibility. There is value in serving God. We’re no longer conformed to this world. We can and do live holy in this world. We prove it by doing it!
II Timothy 2:19-26 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
The enemy works on us to do wrong but we are righteous and have victory over sin in this world.
Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
We must not think of ourselves more highly than we should, but think soberly according to the faith God has given us. When we realize how weak we are, then we’re strong in Christ.
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Watch out for self exaltation. Let another praise you, not yourself.
Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
Don’t be wise in your own eyes. We’re all members of one another.
Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
We empathize when a member suffers. We all have a part in the work of the body. Saints are the best workers because you can trust them. We don’t have the same gifts but should covet the best gifts – gifts God wants to give you personally.
I Corinthians 12:25-31 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
We’re all one and the color of our skin, our nationality, or our background don’t matter because we’re one.
I Corinthians 12:12-13 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
We need to wait on the Lord for all aspects of our lives and God will guide us. He that gives is instructed to give with simplicity. It doesn’t matter if we’re not recognized for our giving.
Romans 12:6-8 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
The poor widow gave of her poverty. God loves a cheerful giver. We willingly give of our resources or just a helping hand.
Luke 21:1-4 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
Our love for others is without dissimulation (hiding true feelings) or pretense (not genuine) or showy, but from our heart.
Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Let’s love in deed, by doing, and in truth!
I John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.