My husband has been preaching on Romans and finally on Sunday got to the 'THEREFORE' - what our response should be to the first 11 chapters.
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. Rom 12:1
I loved it! I even took my son into créche earlier than I usually do and prayed that he would stay there and not cry so that I could hear the sermon!
Surrendering my life to God is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me - and it still is. As my husband said, 'It is the blessed life'. It still has trials and suffering, and we have to die to ourselves.
But it has amazing joy and peace, and more real fulfillment than can be found in anything else, probably because we are growing in our love of God.
George Muller said this:
'There was a day when I died, utterly died, to George Muller and his opinions, preferences, tastes and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame of even my brethren and friends; and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God.'
And at the end of the day, or of life really, what could be more important than that?
I just want to encourage you, if you are holding back some of your life from God, to think of what He has done for you in sending His only Son to die for you. If we had a friend here on earth who gave that kind of sacrifice, we would forever be indebted to them. How much more then, should we want to live for God?!
Here is one of my favourite hymns, which always inspires me!
O Thou who camest from above,
the pure celestial fire to impart
kindle a flame of sacred love
upon the mean altar of my heart.
There let it for Thy glory burn
with inextinguishable blaze,
and trembling to its source return,
in humble prayer and fervent praise.
Jesus, confirm my heart's desire
to work and speak and think for Thee;
still let me guard the holy fire,
and still stir up Thy gift in me.
Ready for all Thy perfect will,
my acts of faith and love repeat,
till death Thy endless mercies seal,
and make my sacrifice complete.