“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1 NIV
Have you ever parted with anything precious? Or had to let go of someone or something that you held dear? I can tell you that in the moment it can be quite painful. But somehow on the other side of it, there is a sense of relief. It is amazing how much energy we can invest in attaching ourselves to things and people. Once they are released, truly released, there is a sense of freedom. When God asks us to let go and we listen, I believe He honors our obedience.
So in this scripture, He is asking that we not hold anything back of ourselves. He wants all of us – not just Sunday morning or volunteering for a charitable event or a mission trip. He wants our life, our bodies, our soul – our minds and our hearts. He wants us to release ourselves to Him. Our desires. Our hopes. Our dreams. Withholding nothing.
In doing that, we have to trust our Heavenly Father. We have to believe that what He wants for us is good and full of His love and His best for us. We have to relinquish any fear or insecurity. We really have to believe that His will is perfect. We have to understand that our will is not. We have to accept that His design for our lives is much greater than our own.
Instead of relying on our own safety net for our lives, we trust His. This can be hard! But He is a kind and merciful teacher. This is His better way. This is freedom and grace. Accepting His gifts for us as He receives ours. Our obedience in this is a demonstration of love. There is no greater gift.
Father, let me not withhold anything from you. Take my life and let it be Yours.