Home business, home education and health challenges: what makes us tic?

Romans 12: 1-2 “1 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.”

We’re working through a really great, effective discipleship programme at Church at the moment, called “Daily in the Word“.  Once the disciple has been through the introductory pages and made a firm, faith-based commitment to Jesus’ saving gift on the cross, the focus of the course is on getting us grounded and established in God’s Word, spending time with Him each and every day.

For starters, they require you to read and write out just two or three verses each and every day, without fail.

I love my Quiet Times in the Word, and have had periods of intense connection with the Most High on a very regular basis. These have been periods of growth, peace and joy. In the midst of these times, I have wondered how I could ever not spend as much of every day as possible utterly immersed in God’s Word.

Then I’ll miss a day for some or other excellent and understandable reason. I’ll catch up tomorrow. The next thing I know it’s been a week since I opened the Bible and I have a bit of reading to do to stay on track. When I next look, I find myself months down the line with my Bible collecting dust on the bedside table. (Okay, not really, since I use it every day for school, and every week for Church and Sunday School, but it’s all about imagery).

This week I found myself feeling bitter about the demands that were being placed on me as a discipler. (You can see I’m not in the Word daily just by my attitude). I was enumerating my responsibilities to God, defending my slackness in this area: home school, housework, work-work, family needs, exercise, Church responsibilities etc etc … I’m too busy.

There was a gentle, quiet peace in the kitchen and it was as if God said, “I didn’t ask you to do all of those things. I didn’t ask you to do any of those things except your role as mother and wife. And how do you expect to achieve all those things without Me? I’m not asking a lot. Two or three verses a day. Surely that’s the least you can do? Surely you owe it to yourself to feed your soul? I want to speak to you. Let me. It’s a reasonable request.”

When our minds are exhausted and bitter and defeated, wouldn’t it be great if they could be replaced – renewed? That beautiful passage in Romans 12 leapt to mind: “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind … which is your reasonable service”. How are we transformed? By renewing our minds. And how do we renew our minds? Through God’s Word. Is it too much to ask? Nope. It’s our reasonable service: the least we can do.

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Comments on: "Your Reasonable Service" (2)

  1. sage_brush said:

    My dear sister in Christ – I pray that many will benefit from your insight. You present it in a way that is instructive and humbling at the same time. That is true Wisdom from above, for it could come from no other place.

    For daily devotionals, I have adopted a practice for the past few years that has truly brought me closer than ever to our Lord. I follow a chronological, daily reading plan, which enhances the study considerably. (For example, you read the Psalm that David wrote, at the time he wrote it.)

    I keep a Bible Atlas open on the table to the left of my Bible, and a composition notebook I call my Bible journal, to the right. As I am studying, it always happens that one particular verse or section stands out to me. I write this down in my Bible journal with the reference current date. I also make a very short note of anything occurring in our lives. I can not describe to you in words what this has revealed to me, nor to what extent I can see the hand of God clearer than ever before.

    • Joy on a Shoestring said:

      This year I started a chronological study, and even though I haven’t been as committed to it as I’d intended, it’s been wonderful. A Bible Atlas is a great idea. Thanks for the insight!

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