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March 4, 2014

March 4, 2014

"Offer Yourself to God"

“So then, my friends because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you:  offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him.  This is the true worship that you should offer.”  Romans 12: 1 TEV

Just as the word surrender is out of vogue right now, the word sacrifice is just as rarely used.  Yet, until we are willing to make the sacrifice of offering our self to God, we will miss the point of worship.  Offering yourself to God is what worship is all about.

This act of personal surrender is called many things:  consecration, making Jesus Lord of your life, taking up your cross, dying to self or yielding to the Spirit.  There may be many other ways of describing it.  However, what you call it is not as important as what you do.

God wants your life, all of it.  95% is not enough.  Unfortunately, there are things that keep us from surrendering to God.

Total surrender to God is blocked by several things, including:

our ignorance of Him – we don’t really know what He’s like;

our sinful nature – our desire to compete with Him and be equal to Him and

our misunderstanding of surrender and the trust that it requires.

You see, trust is an essential ingredient to surrender.  We won’t surrender to someone we don’t trust.  The dilemma is we can’t trust Him until we know Him better.  Fear keeps us separated but perfect love casts our all fear.

The more you realize how much God loves you, the easier surrender becomes.  How do I know God loves me?  He provides lots of proof in the Bible.

God loves you infinitely more than you can imagine:  that’s why He asks you to present yourself as living sacrifice.  He’s not a slave driver or bully trying to get all He can out of you.

He’s not trying to break your will but rather wooing you to Himself so that you might offer Him your surrender freely.  God is a lover and a liberator.  Surrendering brings freedom, not bondage.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don