For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themelves but for him who died for them and was raised again. - 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NIV
In my last post I mentioned that I wanted to explore more deeply the words to the hymn "Take My Life and Let It Be" because of the depth of its meaning and importance in our lives as Christians. The song for me compels me to really think about my walk with God. It is a prayer for me to let God take and mold my life. Let's dig in.
Take my life and let it be Consecrated, Lord to thee.
Take my life. Telling God to take our lives is a serious matter. To be consecrated means a) to be set apart as holy; make or declare sacred for religious use and b) to devote entirely; dedicate. Consecrating our lives to God means that we are giving our entire lives to Him, not just our lives on Sunday mornings. We should be motivated to serve God because of thankfulness for God's love and sacrifice for us. We owe Him nothing less than our whole-hearted 24/7 devotion to Him because of what He did for us.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotton Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Yes, our reasonable service due Him for such a sacrifice for our sakes should be nothing less than giving back to God our lives as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). These are powerfully convicting words, aren't they?
To give our lives back to God as living sacrifices we must attempt to live holy and pure lives. Notice that I say "attempt"! None of us is perfect and even our best efforts we will never live our lives in a perpetually perfect state of holiness. We must however, keep trying to do what God wants us to do and be who God wants us to be. God has called us to holiness (1 Thess 4:7) so that we can be fit for His use to work out His will on this earth.
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. (2 Tim 2:20-21 NIV)
Everything we do for God starts with who we are for God. We must consecrate ourselves to Him. It takes a lot of work, but it is the least God deserves. Are you willing?
Thank you for the cross where you sent your son to bleed and die for the penalty of my sins. As He gave His life for me, let me give my life to you. Reveal to me the things I do and the thoughts I have that you want me to change. Show me how to live my life more completely for you each day ... starting with today.
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