Monday, April 12, 2021

Pastor's Ponderings, April 12, 2021

Giving Ourselves To God


William McDowell wrote a song entitled, “Give Myself Away”.  Some of the lyrics are, “Here I am, here I stand. Lord, my life is in your hands, Lord. I'm longing to see Your desires revealed in me. I give myself away.”  The concept of giving something away without a thought for what you can gain in return is contrary to worldly thinking.  We live in a culture that is focused on gaining attention for oneself, making sure our needs are met first and looking out for number one.  Often the first question is, what is in it for me?


The Bible tells us that God wants us to give ourselves totally to Him so that He can use us (Romans 12:1).  We are blessed when we realize that we are not our own, but we are God’s property, and we are to use our lives for Him (Psalm 100:3).  The Bible further tells us that if we give ourselves to Him willingly and with obedience, we will be rewarded (Isaiah 1:19). 


Having given ourselves to God, He gives us His benefits of peace, joy, prosperity (Psalm 68:19). He promised that we are blessed in whatever we do on the earth (Psalm 1:1, 3) and that we have eternal life in Him (John 3:15).  In His word, God tells us He wants the best for us in our health and that all would go well with us (3 John 2). Therefore, let us joyfully give ourselves totally to God.


Romans 12:1
New International Version

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.


Psalm 100:3

New International Version

3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.


Isaiah 1:19

New International Version

19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;


Psalm 68:19

New King James Version

19 Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah


Psalm 1:1, 3

New International Version

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.


John 3:15

New International Version

15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”


3 John 2

New International Version

2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.





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