Holiness takes practices.
- Muscle memory is being built into their lives. (Illustrations)
- We need practices to form the muscle memories of our hearts to:
tell our story
live our story
- We are a people who are deeply shaped by the practices that we participate in.
- What we do in worship and what we do as the people of God not only form us to be the people of God but in some ways counter form us to not be people of the culture.
• The tradition of Protestants is to interpret “justified by faith” and “by grace alone” as believing with our heads, and practices as “works-righteousness,” but faith is not just believing something in your head but also doing something with your body.
• Paul is saying that you used to present your bodies over and over to greed, lust, and other sins and that the result was bondage, death. Now, because of Jesus’s death and resurrection, you present your bodies as a living sacrifice and the members as instruments of God, and the result is freedom, life.
We are a people who, day after day, moment after moment, have to say to God,
“I am yours, I am yours, I am yours.
Here are the members of my body. Re-habit my life by your grace and mercy.”