Reasonable? Everything? Really?

Present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1).

By our human nature, we are ego-centric. It is evident in its purest form in infants and young children. It is still evident in older children who are learning to share, maybe grudgingly, and take turns. And junior high and the selfie generation-well, I rest my case.

But as adults, and especially believers, we are still fighting the almighty me. Even when serving, we avoid serving in a way that is uncomfortable for me.

This verse tells us that our reasonable service to God is everything–all we can do, all we have, all we are. Not so that we can get something in return, but just the opposite. We already are recipients of His grace and mercy every day, every hour, every minute, every breath.

It is not surprising that fighting our own will is one of our greatest battles. It is a spiritual one that requires spiritual intervention. You already know what the first step is, right?

I’ll be praying with you—and for you.


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