I believe that the Church has far too many people who are doing all the right things for all of the wrong reasons. It seems that the Church has lost her power. The pews seem to be full of hypocrites that don’t even know that they have become hypocrites! We are living in the last days. Time is short. We must humble ourselves and present our bodies as living sacrifices to be consumed on the altar of His presence.
We are traveling together along a road focused on learning how each one of us can discover and fulfill the plan of God for our lives. A barrier in the road that often hinders our progress is a lack of commitment to our relationship with God. We should pause for a few moments of self-reflection. Is there anything more important to us than our relationship with God? Do we spend more time watching television than we do in the Word of God? Anything that has value that our relationship with God must be cut off. Jesus described this as the pruning process we go through on a continuous basis (John 15). We are in the end of days. Time is short! We must place everything on the altar in complete and total surrender. The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus to help us in this process. Kathryn Kuhlman often spoke of her ministry costing her everything. This used to confuse me. How could there be a price for us to pay if Jesus paid the price for our salvation? Over the years I’ve come to understand what Ms. Kuhlman meant. If we are going to discover and fulfill the plan of God, then we will have to surrender everything to God. There are no exceptions. We are called first of all to present our bodies as living sacrifices. A sacrifice has no control over what will happen to it. It is completely at the mercy of the person making the sacrifice. Presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice involves the total surrender of our lives to God for His service.
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. John 5:19-20
Jesus lived a surrendered life. He said that He never said anything that He did not first hear the Father say (John 12:49). Every word of Jesus that is recorded in the Gospel accounts were spoken under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a life surrendered completely to the Father’s will. He died to open the door for us to enter into a relationship with our heavenly father. We cannot hold onto our selfish desires and walk through this doorway. There is no place for self in God’s presence! This is the reason our first step in the journey to discover God’s plan for our lives is to present our bodies as living sacrifices.
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