“Therefore, brothers (sisters), by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1 (NIV)
To present our bodies…what a powerful and somewhat sacrificial statement! But what does that actually mean? Paul was saying to “present your body,” means to put your whole self in! When you worship Him and glorify Him, you are to do it with your whole heart – offering your whole self to God. Most of you can understand the idea of giving your tithe and offering of money at church. When you write a check or drop the cash into the plate you are saying, “I recognize your blessings in my life, Lord, and all I have I know is truly yours.” This act also represents your commitment to supporting the ministry and furthering of God’s kingdom in your area of the world. In the same manner, we are to offer up all of ourselves to the Lord as a form of spiritual worship. Worship is the total commitment of the total person for the total life. Anything less is not the fullness of worship as it is intended to be.
God’s nature is not divided. He doesn’t have two faces. He doesn’t live one way with you and another way with someone else. God is ALL IN with ALL PEOPLE! God doesn’t do half way. And you mighty woman of God, being made in the image and likeness of Him, should not live a life of half way either.
To be all in -with all you have – that is the very heart of worship.
So what does this look like in your daily life, to be wholly His and to live a life wholly for Him?
It is best summed up in a life that is lived in uniformity. A life that is consistent or identical, as from place-to-place or moment-to-moment. A life that is without variations in detail. A life that is constant, fixed, ordered, stable and unwavering.
Living in society today, fitting in and belonging to some things seems to be one of the driving factors for the choices people make. Conforming to the masses and adapting to your surroundings is the best and easiest way to keep from troubling the waters and making waves. Let’s face it, you, dear sister, were meant to make waves. Wave after wave of His goodness, His love, His humble, yet unapologetic passion for life. You were not meant to simply blend in or go with the crowd. You were set apart to be His, all the time, for all of your life…Wholly His!
We cannot avoid the world, but I don’t believe we were ever meant to. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind.” You were meant to be in this world, but not of it! Who you are on Sunday morning should be the same beautiful and passionate person as you are at work, with your friends, among family, or at your kids sporting events. Like I said before, God is not divided and neither were you ever designed to be. What masses are you tempted to follow? What environments or people do you find it most difficult not to conform to? Pray and ask God to rise up a greater boldness inside of you so that you may confident in who you are and Whose you are. Ask Him for the opportunity to share your faith with someone else, to share your story of His goodness in your life. If you ask, He will faithfully provide a way! When you speak your testimony and your story of the Father’s goodness, it solidifies it in your own heart. It builds up spiritual confidence, strength and a steadfastness that will produce good fruit, evidence of a life wholly lived unto Him!
Lifegate Women, Campus Lead – Papillion