Giving Your All to Jesus!
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)
Having visited Rome several times, any visitor to Rome today, making his way through the ruins of what was once the greatest city in the world, would have to admit, whatever they were short on, it was not temples and places of worship. Outdone only by the Athenians (Greeks), the Romans had temples to the stars and to the gods, to the muses and to the politicians who thought they were gods. There were plenty of them!
Another visitor, one who wrote to Roman Christians from the city of Corinth about 54 A.D., Paul, the Apostle of Jesus Christ, could visualise the unending stream of men and women who came to a Roman temple to offer a pinch of incense and a prayer, or lay flowers at the foot of an idol in hopes of gaining the favour of the gods.
Paul, of course, did not believe in that sort of thing. He was persuaded that there is but one God, the living God, who had made human bodies His temples indwell by the living Spirit of God Himself. But He did seize on the familiar imagery to make a point as he wrote, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1). Paul’s concept of a “living sacrifice”–your body–was revolutionary and radical!
Even as Paul wrote those words, priests in Jerusalem offered sacrifices every day in the Temple. Paul had been there often. He knew that there was a steady stream of bulls and goats that were sacrificed for the sins of the people, but Paul also knew something which you may not be aware of. He knew that when Jesus was crucified, the veil of the Temple–the area separating the Holy of Holies from the inner court–was torn from the top to the bottom, as if God was saying, “My Son has become the sacrifice so now you can come directly into My presence through Him.”
Like the sacrifices given for worship in the temple, Paul says we as believers today should give ourselves–alive, vibrant, and joyful–for His cause. He calls this our “reasonable service.” A fairly convincing message, don’t you think?
Probably you can recall times when your heart was warmly drawn to the Lord, times when you really wanted to say, “Yes, Lord! I’m yours–100 percent!” But you can also recall times when you were not so sure about being a “living sacrifice.” But Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23), and the key to the whole matter is the word ‘daily.’
In Paul’s letter, he followed by giving the key to this whole issue. He wrote, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Phillips’ translation puts it, “Don’t let the world force you into its mould!”
What we need today is the kind of radical commitment that says, “Yes, I will follow Jesus! I’m His–body, soul, and spirit!” “Then” says Paul, “you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). Put literally, “so that you may be able to demonstrate or prove what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” That my dear friend is the key to the whole thing. What a challenge!
With prayers and blessings in Him,
Dear Father, we come to you today, O Lord, to give up our rights,
To lay down our life and to offer our future, and to give our devotion, our skills and our energies.
Place your hand upon us. Save us from compromise,
Heal our souls from small ambitions,
Deliver us from the desire to always be right, save us from wasting time.
We consecrate our days to you,
Make your will more precious than anybody or anything. Fill us with your power
And when at the end of life’s journey
we see you face to face
May we hear those undeserving words:
“Well done my good and faithful servant”
We ask this not for ourselves
But for the glory of the name of your Son, our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Blairgowrie Parish Church
is now open for Sunday Worship
Phone 01250 874715 or 07716 510605
As there is an absolute maximum of 50 allowed in the building for each service, our ‘reservation’ system for households will be reintroduced. Seating will be allocated on a ‘first come’ basis. However, if we have reached our maximum when you make contact then you can opt to reserve a place for the following Sunday.
To reserve seats please contact Pamela Howat using the email or phone numbers detailed above. If phoning, please contact out-with 9am to 5pm, or leave a message with the required information.
Please ensure you leave your name, contact number and how many in your household will be attending. Reservations can be made from the Wednesday before each service until 9pm on the Saturday.
Online worship reservations are available at:
There is no charge for reserving seats.
If you choose to appear on the Sunday without a ‘reservation’ we will have to decline access, unless spaces are still available.
Please be aware that current COVID restrictions apply to all attending. This includes the wearing of a face covering, the observance of a 2m distance from other households at all times, the use of sanitiser, your contact details being used for "Test & Protect" and a ban on gathering outside the building. Please note that singing is not yet permitted.
Full details are available as you enter the building or on the Scottish Government website.
Welcome to Blairgowrie Parish Church's website.
We’re a Christian community in the beautiful Perthshire town of Blairgowrie.
We are a church family of ordinary people who have experienced God’s love in Jesus. We seek to live and teach the Christian faith so that people can understand it and respond to the message it offers.
Whatever your reason for coming here – whether you are in need of help; searching for a church; looking forward to your wedding or baptism; exploring faith or simply planning to visit the area – come and visit us, we'd love to welcome you.
Rev Benjamin J A Abeledo
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Our vision is of a Bible-based church that is vibrant with prayerful people who worship and serve Jesus Christ and attract others to follow Him.
The King of Love
1 John 3:11-24
Sunday, 9th May 2021