Romans 12:1–2 – “Interrupted by God” – J. P. Kang
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1–2 NRSV)
1. Reflect on a time when you were shocked by unexpected news or an unplanned event or encounter. Are you now able to discern how God was/is at work? (It’s OK if you can’t, but you might in that case ask someone you trust to reflect and discern with you.) If you’re going through something like that now, how might you posture yourself to better “discern what is the will of God” in this circumstance?
2. Reflecting on the stories of biblical characters who were interrupted by God as they went about their daily routines (e.g., Moses in Exodus 3:1–15 or Mary in Luke 1:26–55), what do you notice about how the word of God reoriented and transformed their life path? What do you learn about better being able to know when you are really hearing God?
3. The Word of God comes to us in three ways: written in the Bible, incarnate in Jesus Christ, and proclaimed through the church. How might you better integrate those three dimensions of God’s presence and speaking to you?