So, I wrote this almost 3 years ago [February 28, 2014 – to be exact] but I decided to re-share a revised version of it here in my blog. It’s a reflection on a past preaching [February 23, 2014] wherein God kept impressing the phrase “translate My Word” to me.
Indeed, no one is perfect [see Romans 3:23] and we are only made righteous before God through His Son Jesus Christ. But have we ever wondered, “What would Jesus say about what we did, said, felt or thought of today?”
“So my dear brothers and sisters, with the Holy Spirit helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, drinking, going to work, and walking around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted [or be conformed] to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention [and your eyes] on God. [And] you’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you [and His desires for you], and quickly respond to it [with obedience]. Unlike the [worldly] culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, [as He] develops a well-formed maturity in you.” –Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)
It’s one thing to read, study, and meditate on the Word as we seek the Lord. But we should NOT stop right there. We all know how the Bible has tons of translation all over the world (such as KJV, NIV, etc.) But what is the best translation of God’s Word? It is simply the way we live our lives by translating God’s Word in it.
By translating God’s Word in our lives, we actually become more like His Son Jesus, who is the Living Word. And as we reflect Jesus, it will be God Himself who will manifest His perfect love through us and to the people around us. It is NOT by compromising our beliefs, imitating worldly languages, or being influenced secular music that we will be able to reach out to people. It is only by following Jesus’ example in being different and boldly standing firm to God’s principles that we will be able to share His love. Remember it is Jesus who is in you, who will draw people to you and speak through you.
JAG [a.k.a. Just A Girl]