As I sat down with scripture this morning, I was struck by how much Romas 12 spoke to me about legacy. The idea that we can and should be totally dedicated to God, and when we do that, we leave a legacy for Him.I’m going to break down this passage verse by verse over the next two days. Today we look at Romans 12:1-8.
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.
Your life should be a presentation to God. In order for us to worship Him, we must be holy, and acceptable to God. This means seeking out His word. And living it out.
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.
This is perhaps one of the hardest commands in the Bible to live out. The separation of living in the world but not being of the world can be tricky. To renew our minds daily by being in scripture builds our understanding of the will of God. Living in God’s will for us helps us live according to his plan, leaving a legacy of living a focused life.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
One of the things that continuously stands out to me in scripture lately has been the humility required in our relationship with God. To recognize that God has given us the ability to live this life through the measure of faith he has assigned us. I’m still not fully sure what it means to be assigned a measure of faith. But I do know that God gives us the ability to have faith. Which lets us leave a legacy of faith.
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
We all have a place in God’s plan. We all must work together and leave a legacy that focuses on working with one another. We have to champion our gifts, and others gifts and learn to use them together. We have to teach one another how to work with each other.
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
We’ve all been given gifts. What are you going to do with your gifts? How are you going to use them to worship God? How are you going to use them to leave behind the legacy you want?