ROMANS 12:1-8

Day 3 • Locked into the System

“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed” (Romans 12:2, PH).

There’s nothing so out of step with the world’s ambitions than aspiring to be a servant! But that’s what God wants us to be—servants.

Everything around us suggests that we should work and work hard to get ahead. Who is it we’re to get ahead of? Or what? Some years ago a bestseller suggested that we win in this life by intimidating others. Can you imagine a book that sells a million copies by suggesting that we win by serving? Hardly! But think about it. What more direct, evident, and lovely way to set your own life in contrast to those around you than by being a servant?

In Romans 12 the Apostle Paul talks about serving other Christians. It’s a natural place to start, isn’t it? Serve those you love—those close to you. Genuinely serve them. Then, as Jesus did, serve the others around you, particularly those in need of your love and service.

 Are you locked into the world system? Jesus calls us to something quite different-servanthood.

INSIGHT: When Jesus remakes your mind from within your heart’s desire will be that of a servant. Will you let Him do it?