Today's message comes with a song and video by this guy name Uncle Reece. The song is called "Until I Pass Out", and the scripture to reference is
In this scripture, Paul is encouraging Christians to live a life in service dedicated to God.
"Dear brothers and sisters, because of God's great mercy to us, I appeal to you to offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. For this is the "true worship" that you should offer... Do not offer and conform yourselves to the standards of this world... But "let God" transform you inwardly... by a complete change of your mind... Then you will be able to know the will of God-and what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect."
At first glance, this appeal may seem like an impossible task... But we should
all find solace in scriptures like these that reveal how we don't have to do this on our own... Yes?
As the word says... all we have to do is "offer ourselves"... and then let God do his work of transforming us inwardly...
In the song, Uncle Reece said that he goes "hard in the paint" when he's worshiping... And I not only like this (and understand it), but want to explain...
"The paint" is an actual rectangle painted area on the basketball court (located between the baseline and free throw line)... and it is not only the "most crowded" (and highly contested area) on the court... but is also where most of the action takes place in a game... And shots attempted here are (usually) only successful when made with a strong conviction to score (at all costs)... So to "go hard in the paint" means to play "aggressive offense" (in this area) when driving to the basket to score.
As I reflect on how this applies to us today, I can see how we all have rectangle painted areas on the basketball courts "of our lives"... And it is located between the baseline and free throw line of our hearts and minds... And it too is the most crowded and highly contested area..., and is also where most of the action takes place in the game of our everyday lives... And if we plan on winning anything (in the way of realizing our purpose, thriving in our walk with Christ, maximizing our opportunities, making meaningful connections, cultivating functional and godly families, managing our jobs, and reaching our dreams), we have to "go hard" in this paint... and put up the "strongest" of shots when driving to our baskets.