“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. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984)
January 12 – Giving All You Have to God
Begin your time with God in prayer.
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
Read Romans 12:1-2 out loud. It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn it.
"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." 2 Peter 1:3-4
What has God’s divine power given us?
What does having God’s great and precious promises enable us to participate in?
Because God has given us everything we need for a godly life, we are free to give all that we are and all that we have back to God. The problem is that our selfish nature wants “to get” more than it wants to give. Although giving all to God may seem unthinkable now, as God transforms our hearts, it will become easier and easier.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
Praise God for all that He has given to you.
What keeps you from giving all that you have to God?
Ask God to give you a heart like His.
Father, thank You for giving Your most precious gift for me and for giving me everything I need to live a godly life. I confess that it is easier to want things rather than to give things. As I surrender to this journey, give me a heart like Jesus, one that loves and one that gives. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap." Luke 6:38a
"For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it." Matthew 16:25
Posted on Sat, January 12, 2013
by Cathy Hurtado