Pastor Darren Tan
October 27, 2019
Grow in The Word
For a builder to build something up, like the HDB block or even a car mechanic, he or she must first have the relevant knowledge and skillsets to do the job.
In Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship…” The scripture starts off with the word “Therefore”, which indicates a key transition in the letter, Paul is urging the people to respond to the message of the gospel as he explained in the letter. The Greek word used for the word “bodies” refers to the entire person; meaning every single part – your mind and body. The words “living sacrifice” means to continuously offer yourselves in service to God. The word “proper” can be translated as reasonable which in its Greek form “Logikos” can mean spiritual, which suggest that worship involves the heart and mind, as opposed to physical offerings and sacrifices.
Paul was urging the people to offer their hearts and minds to God. Not one time, not twice but to continuously offer them to God.
In Romans 12:2, the renewal of our minds refers to conforming to the truth of God which in simple terms, is the Word of God. So, Paul is telling us that although we are of this world, do not conform to it. How? By continuously renewing our minds through the Word of God.Only then will we be able to test and approve of what God’s will is.
In order to gain knowledge from the Word of God, we have to put in the time and effort to read, to learn about the Word. So that when the time comes, when we have to use it, we will have a reserve to draw from. Whether it’s about praying about our future, the plans that God has for us, or whether it’s about using the authority in the Name of Jesus. The basis of everything that we do anchors on the Word.
In Matthew 26:41Jesus said, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” What did Jesus mean when He said that we need to be watchful? In its Greek form, the word used here is “gregoreo” (to be awake, or watchful). Jesus was stressing the importance of being ready. Jesus knew that in this world, for us to avoid falling into the temptations of the devil, we need to be watchful and pray. The Oxford dictionary also translates the word “watchful” as paying careful attention and ready to deal with problems. It means to be alert and vigilant in the spirit to be ready to deal with anything that might happen.
Even Jesus Himself was tempted! The Bible demonstrates Jesus’ dependency upon the Word of God. Jesus relied on the Scriptures to resist the temptations.
The Word is our foundation.