Attitudes and behaviors are the reflection of values. In Romans 12 the apostle Paul tells us that “true and proper worship” (for the Christian a very high value) is found in “offering your bodies as a living sacrifice … to God”.
He follows this with an admonishment to “not conform to the pattern of the world”. What is at the heart of this “pattern of the world”? In verse three and following he explains himself. Worldliness is to “think of yourself more highly than you ought”.
I read some research recently that indicated that over 90% of people consider themselves “above average“. This is related to a lot of categories, e.g. being a better driver, having more insight into situations, — and the list goes on and on.
This must be the reason that Paul admonished us to stand against an inflated self-evaluation. “True and proper worship” is founded in reality. It is coming to grips with who God has made you to be and what unique part you play in his grand design. Said another way, true worship is grounded in humility.
Delores and I like to say, “the body of Christ is really smart”. Because this is true, we are better together. This is why Paul tells us in Phillippians 2, “Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”
When we choose individualism over the body of Christ, I call this “the smartest person in the room” syndrome. To be true worshipers requires discarding this “worldly” perspective. Join me in pursuing the humility that results in true worship.
Our Current Realities
The last two and a half years have been extremely challenging on the family and personal front. There are many aspects to all this, but the current dominant reality is the poor and failing health of our mothers in Oklahoma. In addition, I had an outbreak of the shingles virus on April 10, adding a significant aspect to an already challenging season of life.
Nevertheless, we know we are not alone. Delores and I are grateful for all the loving support we have experienced through God’s people these last two and a half years. We are full of gratitude for God’s kindness and provision.
Our Core Mission
Our hearts continue to burn to see the church of Jesus be all it can be. It is a privilege to “play our part” in God’s great enterprise of making all things new.
This is Scott, reporting – for the two of us