Whilst the whole hall erupted in laughter over Bro. Johnson's instructions on 'How to make an idli', within minutes, the atmosphere in the hall changed when the same example was used as an analogy to explain Rom 12:1,2!
Just so that all who read this article understand how 'idlis' are made, here's the process in brief!
-The rice and daal are ground and made into a frothy paste which is kept aside for fermenting.
-Water is put at the bottom of a steamer and the paste poured into several round dimples on metal plates inside the steamer.
-The steamer is closed and put over a flame.
Now let us look at the quoted scripture and try to get the message:
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. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - ROM 12:1,2
When we feel trapped within ourselves with the heat and pressure of our circumstances making us scream in discomfort, our decision to 'offer our bodies as a living sacrifice' will transform us by the renewing of our minds and make us conform to the will of God! (just like the paste turning to an idli that takes the form of the container!).
... And for those who do not want to make that all important decision to renew their minds will have to remain as PASTE!
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