Romans 12:1 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. (Message Bible) How cool is that?!
Such a simple statement, give it all to Him! And count it an offering, I love that. It is simple. but not easy. If it were easy He would not have said, “God helping you.”
The Lord doesn’t want an offering that is so easy we can give it without His help. He loves that we lean on His everlasting arms to help us through this life and that we need Him, even in regards to our relationship with Him.
Without Him, I am not even able to love Him….whew, that’s almost too much for my mind…
Here it is in the NIV: Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. NIV
“In view of God’s mercy…”
What an amazing God we serve…He doesn’t just demand our sacrifice….it’s only because of Him that we are even able to offer it.
If He did not show us mercy (that we did not deserve), than we would not even have the right to bring an offering before this Holy God. Yet, He made a way for us to boldly come before Him and stand in His presence. If not for His mercy, we would not have this incredible access to the throne!
Oh! Let’s offer Him our everyday, ordinary life…but remember what an honor it is to be able to do just that!
Lord, I pray that You would help us today to lay our lives before Your throne as an offering. Help us to “see” what an incredible honor it is to do that, and Father give us the strength and courage to do those things that you’ve called us to do today. Let our lives be a pleasing sacrifice before You. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray!