Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Romans 12:1

"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship."

Each day brings about new tests and challenges.  For the believer the challenge is the manner in which we approach them. Each morning we must present ourselves as a living sacrifice to God ready to serve Him and walk in the good works that He has prepared beforehand for us (Eph. 2:10).  “Presenting ourselves” literally means standing at attention ready to receive our orders (works) for the day. These works were prepared in eternity past for us to walk in, so that God could mold and shape us, allowing us to draw nearer to Him as we execute them for the ultimate purpose of glorifying Him. There is no specially colored label identifying the “good works” as opposed to the works that have nothing to do with what God has set before us.  Good is anything that is done by means of God the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:16) for the purpose of glorifying God. These works are not a series of random tasks or events but are today’s leg of the race that God has set before us to run (Heb. 13:1) with the objective in mind to draw nearer to Him. 

Begin your day today by properly orienting yourself in prayer.  Stand at attention, ready to receive your working orders which you will be receiving as the day unfolds.  Understand that the day is not for you to live for yourself, but for God as you are a Holy sacrifice which means that God has set you apart as a result of the work of Christ on the cross to be a sacrifice in service to Him.  Approach the day with excitement and thanksgiving for the race that you are about to run. Excitement, because you are about to run a leg of the greatest of all races-the race to draw nearer to Him.  Thanksgiving, because He has given you everything you need to run that race.  Don’t view your day like the world would have you; what is about to happen in your life is not random and the purpose for your day is not your own glory and amusement.  You day has eternal significance and the purpose for everything that you do is the glory of God.  

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