February 14, 2018
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” (Romans 12:1).
Mature Christians learn to celebrate Paul’s teaching on living a determined and sacrificial Christian life. Presenting our bodies as “a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing God” is a high calling. Christians are to live out this high calling by serving God and others. Becoming mature in Christ through service is what brings pure joy to living.
One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of temperament. We make our temperament and our natural affinities barriers to coming to Jesus. The first thing we realize when we come to Jesus is that He pays no attention whatever to our natural affinities. We have the notion that we can consecrate our gifts to God. You cannot consecrate what is not yours; there is only one thing you can consecrate to God, and that is your right to yourself (Romans 12:1). If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you. God’s experiments always succeed.
Father, we have seen Your faithfulness through the lives of countless servants who have borne testimony to You over centuries. May we be worthy of being counted among them. Empowered by Your Holy Spirit, may we also be a good example of those who live lives of love and compassion toward all we meet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Devotional taken from The 9 Marks of a Mature Christian: A Pattern for Effective Christian Living by Robert F. Loggins Sr.