In View of God's Mercy, Let Us Offer Ourselves as A Living Sacrifice

JULY 10, 2016. The recent killings of the two unarmed black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, remind us that we are living in very dangerous times. Like in the Early Church's days, our foundations are shaken. The Christian point of view seems to be drowning as torrents of doubt, hatred and bigotry assail. Lest we forget, the ENEMY is the accuser of Brethren (see the story of Joseph in Genesis 39; Joshua in Zechariah 3:1-5; and Believers in Revelation 12:10).

Nevertheless, circumstances should never dictate how we feel about God or about those who persecute us. Even when the foundations are shaken, God is still in Control. God is still seated on the heavenly throne! Yes, No Weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses (Isaiah 54:17). Yes, God is watching and working it out for us for God’s Word declares, A righteous man may have many troubles but the Lord delivers him from all; and he protects all his bones not one of them will be broken (Psalm 34:19-20).

Despite the ongoing, our trust in the Lord must remain unshakable (Psalm 116: 5-11). We should not allow the enemy to define who we are or overcome us with terror. In the midst of great suffering and uncertainty, we are still called to fulfill our vows to God. Oh, yes, we will praise God, despite! We will bear testimony to his deliverance and still teach others, that God is a good Father. His promise still stands: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you (Isaiah 43:2). Soon, like the Psalmist in Psalm 116, we will look back upon the alleviated distress and praise God for the experience itself and for the divine redemption.

Therefore, in view of God's mercy, let us fulfill (our) vows to the Lord in the presence of all his People (Psalm 116:14.) Let us offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God as the SPIRITUAL ACT OF WORSHIP. This means taking, our everyday and ordinary life, our sleeping, our eating, our work, and placing it all before God as an offering. No Longer conforming, let us embrace what God has done for us. The enemy is a liar and we must not give him a chance. Instead, let us fix our attention on God. Let us recognize what God wants from us, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around us, which is always dragging us down to its level of immaturity, God is bringing out the best of us, developing well-formed mature Christians, Overcomers!

Rev. Dr. Johnson Kĩriakũ Kĩnyua, Pastor

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