September 20, 2017

Romans 12:1 (NLT) — 1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

Was Tuesday a good worship service? As a pastor I really like this idea that every day is a worship service unto the Lord. I say that because over the years I have heard complaints like: the music is too loud, we don’t sing enough hymns, the sanctuary was too hot, the message was too long, candy shouldn’t be thrown in church, the children shouldn’t be allowed to be up front, we don’t have enough prophecies and the list goes on. However on the worship services that take place Monday – Saturday if it wasn’t to your liking who is to blame:) Just saying.

Yesterday we looked at the word plead and today I want to look closely at the word give. Give is the same word used as present when Mary and Joseph came to Jerusalem to present Jesus to the Lord. The word means to come alongside and place. So the idea is to place beside, to place at one’s disposal as in the act of surrender, to bring a sacrificial offering to the Lord. In other words Mary and Joseph were giving Jesus to God entrusting him to God’s care. And they were surrendering him to God will or God’s supervision. In other words God could use Jesus as he wished.

Now when Paul pleads with us to give or present ourselves to the Lord he is saying that we should surrender our lives to God for God to use as he pleases! Wow that is a commitment. This is more than a one time commitment to the Lord. This is something that we do each day. In essence we are saying, “Lord today I give myself to you for you to do as you please with me. I place my life in your hands and trust that you know what you are doing. Use me in whatever way you wish.”

This is a daily commitment on our part. You see as a living sacrifice we can walk away from our commitment. Our flesh, our sinful nature rebels at the idea of someone else calling the shots. It will do everything it can to get us to back out of this giving, this act of surrender. Plus Satan surely doesn’t want us to make this commitment so he will try hard to get us to walk away or at least become a shallow Christian in name only. So this is a battle that we will fight on a daily basis. Just like on Sunday when we are tired and don’t feel like getting up, or the lure of fishing calls, or a family dispute makes us think, “what’s the use I just blow it all the time.” Or the enemy puts in our mind that we are just hypocrites. Or because of some trying time we think that God must not care. Refuse to give in.

Each day needs a new commitment to surrender; to give yourself to God. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come, so today is the only day that matters. Each day of worship is a day that we get closer to the Lord; a day in which we grow a little bit more in our faith. A day when our sinful nature has to relax its grip on us. A day when childish things diminish in my life and more of the adult in me comes forward. Truly giving yourself to God each day is the Adult thing to do.

1 Corinthians 3:1–2 (NLT) — 1 Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in Christ. 2 I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready,

1 Corinthians 14:20 (NLT) — 20 Dear brothers and sisters, don’t be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature in understanding matters of this kind.

1 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT) — 11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

“Dear Lord today I give my life to you. I purpose in my heart with the Help of the Holy Spirit to live in obedience to you. Use me as you will for your honor and glory.”

The benefit of giving yourself to the Lord daily will ensure that you will not walk away from God when things get difficult. Your worship will get better and better.

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