And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.(vv13-14)
The heart of worship is surrender. Surrendering to God is the heart of worship. It is the natural response to God’s amazing love and mercy. We give ourselves to him, not out of fear or duty, but in love, because he first loved us (1 John 4:9-10,19) After spending eleven chapters of the book of Romans explaining God’s incredible grace to us, Paul urges us to fully surrender our lives to God in Worship: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.(Roman 12:1 NKJV) True worship –brings God pleasure – happens when you give yourself completely to God. Notice the first and last words of that verse are the same: offer.
Offering yourself to God is what worship is all about. This act of personal surrender is called many things: consecration, making Jesus your Lord, taking up your cross, dying to self, yielding to the Spirit. What matters is that you do it, not what you call it. God wants your life all of it. Ninety-five percent is not enough. There are three barriers that block our total surrender to God: fear, pride and confusion. We don’t realize how much God loves us, we want to control our own lives and we misunderstand the meaning of surrender. (Rick Warren)
PRAYER LINE: Father, I surrender to You afresh. Do not let sin reign in my mortal body and that sin shall not have dominion over me and my family I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Wisdom is seeing things from God’s perspective