Sunday, August 29, 2010

Dying to Live

I don't know about you, but for me, one of the hardest things about being a Christian and following Christ is getting me out of the way so Christ can have His way. I am SO human. (I imagine you are too!) I am selfish and self-centered. I put me first and God second. I listen to my emotions and ignore His words of wisdom. I fear, fail and fret. And yet, for some odd, unexplainable reason, I have a hard time letting go and letting God.

In Romans 12:1, Paul urges us to be a living sacrifice. What comes to your mind when you hear the word sacrifice? Do you think of giving up something? Do you think of doing without in one area of your life so you can have more in another area? Does death come to mind? I think all of these thoughts are rolled into the true meaning of the word sacrifice.

Dictionary.com defines sacrifice as the surrender of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim. I have a feeling this is what Paul had in mind.

The surrender of something prized or desirable....(the surrender of ME!) for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.(Jesus!...after all, who has a higher or more pressing claim on me than Christ? I have been bought and redeemed with His precious blood!)

In order to become a living sacrifice we have to be willing to surrender self. Everything we do, everything we say, everything we are, must be surrendered to God. He must be given full control and full reign in our life. When this happens; when we finally come to the place where we can honestly say "Lord, not my will, but yours be done", we become a living sacrifice. It is in this place of surrender that we truly worship God.

But how? The pull of the flesh in my life is so strong. The "I" in me likes being in control and calling all the shots. The "I' in me feels pressure to fit in and be accepted by others. The "I" in me gets caught up in living life in this crazy world. It's not easy to surrender. It's not easy to let go . I can think of all kinds of reasons I.....Aaaaaaaaahhh! Did you read what I just wrote? I can THINK ....... Truly the battle of surrender starts in our mind.

Listen as Paul continues in Romans 12:2 - Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

God is able to transform us into a new person when you and I allow His Spirit to change the way we think! In other words, you and I need to become spiritually minded. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to have His way in our life.

As we draw closer to God, through the study of His Word and through times of communion in prayer, we begin to hear His voice above the noise of this world. As we choose to listen to His still small voice and surrender to His leading, His will becomes our will. Our wills become one....united. It is in this process of surrender, that we truly begin to know that which is good and pleasing and perfect.

I don't know about you, but utlimately, this is what the "I" in me longs for....that which is good and pleasing and perfect. The key to living in the will of God and truly worshipping Him is in becoming a living sacrifice. The key to becoming a living sacrifice is surrender. I must surrender "me" for the sake of Christ. I must surrender my thoughts to the thoughts of Jesus. I must surrender my will to the will of my Saviour.

OH! I get it now! Of course. It makes perfect sense. Hey, could it be I am starting to think more like my Heavenly Father?! I sure hope so.



(Note: This post was adapted from a recent Graceful Sisters Post)

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