Romans 12:1-2. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
God is looking for our spiritual worship. Our “reasonable service.” Reasonable meaning it goes beyond mere ritual and rote. It is from the mind and the heart. It is, as Jesus said, “worship in spirit and truth.”
Many in our society today identify themselves as “spiritual” but not religious. But the spirituality that so many embrace these days is far more human than godly. In seeking transcendence, they have only one place to turn, themselves. In other words, “spirituality” is just another form of the “religion” that so many seem to want to avoid. Just like religion, spirituality is confidence in the self. It’s self-improvement brought on by self-power.
Let me show you what I’m talking about: Will Smith’s Bucket List (yes it’s a show). Watch the trailer and then we’ll discuss it.
The way Smith sees it, “divine wisdom” (his words) is achieved by confronting our fears.
Yes, God is anti-fear. But confronting fears in our own power is not the antidote for fear. God’s love is. Christ is. Smith’s brand of spirituality is one of human power (and a really big bank account it appears). He is saving himself through a list, literally.
True spirituality is found only in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit, God. The Spirit of Christ. And of course the cross. True spirituality is “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.” True spirituality is desperation for Christ’s grace. True spirituality is actually about weakness, and relying fully on Christ to overcome our fears, not our own strength. And that may mean that the only way we overcome our fears in this life is through resurrection into the presence of Christ at the next life, and that’s OK.
That’s divine wisdom.
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