The Exhorter

Faith, Fellowship, Abilities and Actions – Transforms by Learning and Living

Many people around you are doing the same things, and most of the things that they are doing are not okay with God. You have decided to be a Christian by giving your life over to the Lord and determining to live according to His word. The test is at hand. Each child of God must not conform to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind according to Romans 12:2. So, how are you going to do this?

The apostle Paul suggests four things you can do to be transformed by the renewing of the mind. They can be remembered by using four capital letters like you would remember an organization or club. The letters are FFAA. They stand for Faith, Fellowship, Abilities and Actions.

Faith – “I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned” (Rom. 12:3; ESV). We are transformed by the measure of faith God has assigned each one of us. Our humility dictates an honest opinion of ourselves as to our faith. Faith coupled with humility transforms!

Fellowship – “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Rom. 12:4,5; ESV). The affect the body of Christ has on us brings great change. Our experiences in the church help us to grow and mature which results in a spiritual renewal.

Abilities – “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…prophecy… serving… teaching… exhorting… giving… leading… and acts of mercy” (Rom. 12:6-8). None of us have exactly the same abilities or gifts. Our abilities are linked to our faith and humility, and our gifts are to be used wisely in our fellowship. Our daily use of our abilities brings an amazing change in our lives. God’s plan always works, especially when we do it His way!

Actions – “Let love be genuine…” (Rom. 12:9-21). How we do things should be guided by principles of genuine love. God is love, and He demonstrates that love through the sacrifice of His Son on behalf of a sinful world. Our transformation by the renewing of the mind involves diligent study and practice of Divine characteristics. Notice that our actions are directed toward ourselves, fellow brethren and people in the world!

  • Ron Drumm