One of the early followers and witnesses of Jesus’ great victory, St. Paul, invites followers of Jesus into a lifestyle of authenticity, non-conformity, and wholeness. Paul says to a network of small churches in Rome:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2
At St. George’s we wonder at times …
- Who or what is forming our core identity?
- How are we to be formed like Jesus?
- What practices are formative ?
- What resources can you think of?
- How are we formed together: as a church, with God, and with ‘the other’?