During my morning devotional time, I jotted down the following thoughts.
We say, “Lord, here I am, take me as I am.” Christ says, “No, you take me as I AM. ”
It’s not that we give more of ourselves to God. It’s that we grow more and more aware of Christ in us.
Nowhere in Scripture will you find the commandment to give our lives to the Lord. Yet, we use this type of language every day. Someone gave their life to the Lord at our meeting, or we ask after the end of a sermon or testimony, “If anyone would like to give their life to the Lord, come and see me or someone else afterwards.” Or we are given the encouragement to “Give more of yourself to God.”
The Apostle Paul never prayed for anyone to give more of their lives to the Lord. Instead, he prayed prayers like we find in Ephesians, 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
We can’t give more of ourselves to God. We have been bought at a price. When we receive Christ, we become irrevocably his. He adopts us as his own.We belong to God 100% But, the transaction isn’t that we give ourselves to him. Rather, its a transaction that once we receive Christ, we are called to continue to go on being filled with the Holy Spirit. Being continually filled with the God who gave, who gives and who continues to give himself to us.
It’s amazing isn’t it.