I am on week 13 in our Google Spreadsheet laying out the New Testament reading plan. An important aspect of these passages is the concept of faith. In this case, faith is believing that Jesus is Lord and that he rose from the dead. What's particularly interesting here is that Paul indicates that faith is not simply, "I believe because I have enough information to get past my doubts." Flipped over, unbelief is equated with, "I refuse to accept Jesus as Lord because I don't want to obey God." As I was reading this week, I contemplated whether it would be worthwhile to consider what "unfaith" or faithlessness means. Is my faith weak, because I sometimes lack the confidence to trust God, or do I actively engage in unfaith and it distances me from God?
Now for a question to fellow readers, "What do you think Paul means in Romans 12:1, when he says, 'let your bodies be a living and holy sacrifice?'" How can we do this today?
A verse that I should memorize:
"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." --Romans 12:2 (NLT)