I wish I could say the reason for my absence this past week was due to a long exotic vacation in the Bahamas. But I can’t. I was sick. Lucky me, I caught a virus going around in the South. It was similar to the flu lasting 8-10 days.
All that suffering, and I didn’t lose a pound.
I need to know. Is there anyone out there who can lose bodily fluids due to illness and not lose weight either?? Seems to me there should be some payoff. Right?!
Anyway, whenever I get sick or one of my family members gets sick, I’m quick to put on my nurses hat and search the web for a diagnosis. According to the Mayo Clinic, either I had Lyme disease or I was pregnant. Whoa!
In some cases, it’s best to let the professionals do the search and rescue with a right diagnosis. However, when it comes to spiritual knowledge, searching the Word of God is always a good idea. In fact, it’s the right idea.
Most people today want to know what God’s will is. While it seems like a mystery, it’s not. Take Romans 12: 1-2 for example.
“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (2) And don not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
This verse seemed to follow me for years. At first, I didn’t know why it kept popping up in my life. Once I took the time to mediate on the verse, it finally dawned on me. God was answering my prayer to know His will.
You see, I longed for God to use me. I wanted Him to have my whole heart and use my life for His glory. Little did I know at the time, but that’s God’s will for each and every one of us! When you and I make that kind of offer to God, He IS going to respond. In this case, He responded with Romans 12: 1-2.
The first sentence tells us that the only thing we can offer God is our dedication. (Read it again.)
Next, Romans tells us how the dedication process works.
1.) We are to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice.
2.) We are to avoid conforming to the world’s ways.
3.) We are to be transformed (changed) by studying God’s Word.
This is God’s perfect and acceptable will for both you and me.
Do you want to make the most out of your life? Then dedicate yourself wholly to Him.