WHO REMEMBERS THAT OLD HYMN “I Surrender All”? I remember when Christian songs were all about Him, giving all praise and glory to Him and exalting His name on high. Now, it seems like we sing songs like, “I surrender some” or even the famous “Lord, I lift my own name on high” or the most popular, “It’s all about me”.
I’m not sure when or how it happened, but Christianity had become about “me”. How can God serve me? How can the church serve me? God better meet my needs. He better bless me or I’m gone. The church better cater to me or I’m gone. Sound familiar? Is the LORD a blesser? Yes. Will He supply your need? Yes. But the call of Christ is to be born again, born anew of the Spirit and for you to lay down your life for His sake.
The call is to take up your cross daily and follow Him in loving obedience, to surrender all your ways and your will to the Father and be led by the Holy Spirit. There’s no anointing to be a self-centered and arrogant person. “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1
This is a deep and passionate plea from the apostle Paul to lay, not just your heart, but your physical body on the altar as a living sacrifice. He pleads with us to live a holy life wholly consecrated and dedicated to Jesus. So see, He wants all of you. All your mind, body and soul to be used for His will and His purpose. He wants all your devotion and this requires separating yourself from the patterns of this world and pursuing Him in holy passion and focus.
Your body is not your own, you were bought with a high price, the precious blood of Jesus, therefore honor Him in your body and your spirit. Honor Him with your body: what you put on it and in it, what you do or don’t do, where you go, or don’t go. Cleanse your hands and purify your heart. Consecrate yourself to a lifetime of worship and service. This is your reasonable service to such a merciful and loving Savior. He must increase and we must decrease to the glory of the Lord. #runyourrace
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