Musician: Joseph Mohan
Hymnist: Frances R. Havergal | Lyrics
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. | Romans 12:1
This song is so beautiful! Each stanza is like a personal prayer asking God to take this life as an offering for His ultimate glory!
The song is easily sung, but do you find yourself struggling to live out these lyrics truthfully?
I know I certainly do! Are the words we say truly messages from the Lord filled with truth and love, or are they words of vanity? Are our actions and intentions fully surrendered to the Lord? Are we truly moving in step with God’s will or are we just moving to the beat of our own drum? Do we truly surrender all our resources to the Lord?
What’s amazing to realize is that none of it belongs to us in the first place! Our possessions, our time, and even our lives are only temporarily given to us by the Father, the Giver of all good things. Yet, we live as if we are the ones who earned it or actually deserve it, though we really don’t.
God gives so much to us graciously and abundantly, yet we are constantly being selfish and demanding more. Instead of giving back to the Lord, we walk around with tight fists comfortably giving God our scraps… that includes our time, our resources, and our hearts.
God doesn’t need anything from us.
In fact, He doesn’t need US at all.
However, He gave us His best, His only Son. Why? Because He LOVES us. He WANTS a personal relationship with us, and He wants it by our own free choice. He will never force us to pick Him, but if we really love Him and want to grow and abide in Him, there needs to be surrender of
e v e r y t h i n g .
We might feel scared because this requires surrendering control over everything. But we must open those tight fists and lift them all up to the Lord. If He can take a few loaves of bread and fish feed over 5,000 people, imagine what He can do through each of us!
I pray that our lives are poured out to Him as sweet aromas to the Lord. May all who encounter such radical lives be forever changed by Christ for the furtherance of His kingdom.