READ : Romans 12:1-2
Present your bodies as a living sacrifice. (v. 1)
The congregation was enthusiastically singing I Surrender All. Our pastor once observed
that if we were being honest, most of us would have to change the words a bit and sing “I
surrender most” or even “I surrender some.” Unfortunately he was right. God does not call
us to surrender only part of ourselves to him. He calls for complete surrender.
Another way to look at this idea of full surrender is through Paul’s words in the
passage we read today. The term “living sacrifice” is a powerful appeal and somewhat of an
ominous expression at first glance. As Nancy Leigh DeMoss explains, though, it simply
means to offer our bodies as a “complete presentation of ourselves to God.” It means that
we devote ourselves to him with all willingness.
This encompasses every aspect of our lives. It is rendering to God all that we are and
all that we have. True surrender doesn’t just pick and choose those parts of ourselves
that we feel like giving him. He wants all of us, not just a portion of our lives, not a
small fragment of our time, not merely a fraction of our possessions.
Selective surrender isn’t real surrender. If you want to be a living sacrifice, you
can’t say, “Lord, you can have my heart but not my head, my voice but not my hands and
feet.” You can only say, “Lord, I surrender all.”
Lord, help us to heed Paul’s words and offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to