There is no work better than to please God; to pour water, to wash dishes, to be a cobbler, or an apostle, all are one; to wash dishes and to preach are all one, as touching the deed, to please God. (William Tyndale 1494 – 1536)
What does it take to please God? How can we go beyond faithful devotion to develop a way of living (discipleship) which embraces the practical values of God’s Kingdom?
A passage I return to time and again is Romans 12. I have long been challenged by the opening words which seem to me to be a blueprint for radical discipleship. As believers living counter culturally, expressing the grace and generosity of Christ, we will see people change and communities transformed. This is a personal call to a committed relationship with God and others:
With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to him and acceptable by him. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity. (Romans 12: 1 -2)