Can you really say that you believe something if that belief doesn’t shape what you do? For example, if you believe everyone should donate blood but you’ve never signed up to donate, can you really say that you believe that? Our actions should be shaped by the things that we believe, but often, our actions are focused on self gratification. In the last week of the series, Pastor Sean shows that once we realize what Jesus has done for us, gratitude becomes the motivating factor that causes us to live and act differently.
“If what we believe does not alter what we do, then we may not actually believe what we say we do.”
The Bible as not been given to us just to form our opinions, but to reform our hearts and our lives.
Romans 12:1-2 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Because of the privilege and authority[a] God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.[b]4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.