Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Romans 12 for the New Year

I am a fan of lists.

I like having lists, and being able to check things off.

Similarly, I seem to be drawn to scripture that comes at me in lists.

A few days ago I was reading Romans 12.  I’ve read it many times before, but this time a lovely list stood out to me.  It seemed like the perfect thing to look into as the new year was approaching.

Over the last couple days I’ve been praying and trying to flesh out how I am going to apply this to my life.  And so, I’ve come up with my

Each month I am going to focus on a different portion.

January: Giving your body as a living sacrifice as the true way to worship

February: Don’t think you are better than you really are.  Take a true evaluation of yourself, in the light of God

March: Use the gift that God has entrusted you with (and figure out what that gift is)

April: Don’t just pretend to love others, authentically love them.

May: Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.

June: Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring one another 

July: Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the lord enthusiastically

August: Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying

September: Be ready to serve God’s people in need and be open to hospitality

October: Bless those who persecute you.  Pray for them.

November: Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep

December: Don’t think you are too good for any particular crowd. And don’t think you know it all.

I will write about them here.  Not sure quite yet how that will look.  Maybe an opening entry on it at the beginning of the month, and a follow up entry when the month concludes.  I hope to delve deeper into each verse.  See what it means for my life, and yours, in this day and age.  And how we can better serve our Father while here on this soil.

Being January, I will focus on what it really looks like to be a "Living Sacrifice" and how our daily lives can have acts of worship in them.

I wrote this post earlier in the day, and have hesitated to click the "publish" button.  I know once I do, that I am committed.  But, now at the end of day, I'm going for it.  I invite you to follow along with me through this year, as we discover more about God, and more about ourselves as we travel through Romans 12.


  1. looks like an interesting blog series! I'll look forward to reading your thoughts.

  2. I love this idea! Look forward to reading them.