Genesis 27:1-29; Romans 12:1-8; John 8:12-20
Moving out of darkness is not an all at once development, but of being changed “from one degree of glory to another.” Today, there will be the opportunity to give God another desire or willful notion, bringing the flesh further under the Spirit’s control. This is spiritual worship, yet, our flesh, our very selves, are being slowly sacrificed to God.
In our gradual offering of ourselves, we become so renewed that we are readied for the final movement of a worshipful life. Eventually, like Isaac, we are content to cut all ties to this world, and are ready to literally present our bodies to the Lord. In the meanwhile, we are to offer this flesh as a living sacrifice to the Spirit’s transforming powers, trusting in the mercies of God to make us holy and acceptable. Luther was reminded of 2 Corinthians 3:18, saying Christian life and worship should be the “always more and more laying aside the old state, of your mind, your thinking, your judgment.” This life is one of moving progressively from glory to glory, from decreasing darkness to the very Light that is Christ.
Prayer: Move me to the Light that is you, Lord. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.