Archive for August 17, 2011
Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin.
Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have
new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the
glory of God.
The original language of Romans 6:13 is structured in a way that makes a
powerful point, though this is sometimes lost in translation. It could be laid
out in this way:
Do not present
the members of your body to sin, as instruments of
yourselves to God as living beings who are no longer dead
and the members of your body to God, as instruments of
Now you can see the contrast more clearly. As Christians, we have the
opportunity to present our bodies either to sin or to God. Through the freedom
we have in Christ, we can choose to present our whole selves to God, so that we
might live for him and his purposes. This happens when we first offer ourselves
to God, enjoying the fact that we are no longer dead in our sins, but alive in
We live life to the fullest when we offer to God all that we are each day. We
are privileged to be able to serve him in each and every thought and action.
Whether at work or home, we can offer our whole selves to God, living for his
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: Do you ever think in these terms?
In what ways do you offer yourself to God? How do you offer your body to God?
How might you live differently if you took this verse to
PRAYER: Dear Lord, truly it is an honor even to be able to
think of offering myself to you. Thank you for this opportunity, given to me in
By your grace and through the indwelling power of your Spirit, help me to
offer my whole self to you, right down to the members of my body. May I serve
you with all that I am each day. Help me, Lord, to discover what this means,
especially in settings where I’m not apt to think of serving you. It’s easy to
think of giving myself to you when I’m praying or preaching. But when I’m
shopping, or moving the lawn, or hanging out with my friends . . . this is a
Today, dear Lord, I present myself to you as one who has been delivered from
death into life. I give you every part of me. May I serve you in all that I do
with all that I am. I pray in the name of Jesus, who has set me free.
This we have heard: “I am a born again Christian and I am happy that my sins are forgiven and I go to church on Sunday because I like the fellowship!” We ask: “Do you not go to put yourself in the way of spiritual blessing?” The answer: “No, I am saved and I do not need anything!” We ask: “Have you offered to witness, to pray, to encourage, to assist, to participate in your church’s life and outreach?” The answer: “No. My church seems to get along very well without my help!” Brethren, this “non participation” kind of faith is a strange parody on Bible Christianity. Men and women who say they are believers just cancel themselves out. Is it something we have learned from the sporting events?-the great majority are spectators. They come and sit! If there is any true spiritual life within us, God will give us a gift of some kind and the humble soul will find something to do for God!