In western culture, we develop a mindset that is all about capitalism. Hey I like capitalism, it definitely has its benefits. But here’s the problem… we develop a “you owe me” mentality. We give a little bit of our time and the assumption is that we are “owed” for it.
Not necessarily that we are owed money, but that we are owed respect or honor.
Paul said in the New Testament that we are to present our bodies a living sacrifice which is our REASONABLE SERVICE!
So here’s the question… what’s reasonable?
I mean, if you are “giving your life away” to serve in your local church, is it reasonable for them to correct “little things”? Is it reasonable for them to demand excellence? Is it reasonable for them to ask you to change? Is it reasonable for them to expect you to generate leadership and then correct it if it isn’t what they want? What is your reasonable service?
I guess that brings us to what Paul means by offering our life as a living sacrifice. Sounds to me like he’s saying it’s perfectly normal for you to die or live a life of “death” and self sacrifice… I mean Jesus did do the same thing for you!
It’s easy to think you’ll serve God, until He asks you to serve His structure and His leadership team. Then it’s hard because you think you are “owed”: then you think it’s unreasonable… only you forget the debt that you owe.
So I’ll end with this … BE REASONABLE!