10.26.2009

Living Sacrifice

I’ve been thinking about leftovers lately. My leftovers. The leftovers that I give God. I am so guilty of this that it breaks my heart.

I want to do more. I want to be more! I want my life to be an offering to Christ rather than the last 10 minutes of my day, the five dollar bill in my wallet, or the few hours spent in ministry per week.

What if I gave every moment of my life to Him? What if every act I performed was in service to Him? What if everything I pour my heart into furthers the gospel, shines Christ’s light, shows the love of God and the compassion of a Savior?

This is my desire – this is the fire I have burning in me right now.


“Give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
Romans 12:1

15 comments:

Debbie said...

Lauren, that is my heart's desire too. And yet I often fall far short. But I've been praying Romans 12:1-2 almost every day and it seems to help. I think by starting off each day and offering our whole selves to the Lord and then not going along with the world but listening and obeying God's Word ...He can use us for His greater purposes.

Blessings,
Debbie

He & Me + 3 said...

Oh so true...He doesn't want our leftovers...He wants all of us. Beautiful...sure gets me thinking about the times I neglect to give Him all of me.

Anonymous said...

Amen!

SnoWhite said...

thanks for sharing this today, Lauren. Praying this for you, and also for others.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Even in this moment, at 12:58 PM in my day, I'm battling with a feeling of "angst" in my spirit because I've not yet given God my best for the day. Instead, I've only paused long enough to briefly entreat his presence on behalf of a friend going into surgery this morning.

It's been non-stop for me since 6:15 AM. I am tired. I'm not getting off this dang computer, heading to the couch for some rest and some time with Jesus. Thanks for the prompt, sweet friend.

peace~elaine

Traci Michele said...

My desire as well sister! Let us continually seek the Father's face, together... always striving to live a life deemed worthy of our wonderful Savior's sacrifice... making every effort to allow Christ to keep us "unspotted from the world". James 1:27

Franchesca Cox said...

I know I am guilty of giving God my leftovers. I can only imagine what the outcome would be if we did as you were saying and lived every moment for Him in the fullest.

xx

Steve said...

Amen sister. We all need to get ahold of this.God bless you

Alicia said...

Wow...this really made me think of all I give to the Lord, and also what I don't.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I am guilty of this sometimes. Giving my leftovers... we should be giving our firstfruits!!

eLisa said...

You always have something powerful and poignant to share. I appreciate that about you. Thanks for kicking me off the computer now, to get the zzz's I need so that I get up when I should to give God more than my leftovers.

Cheryl Sweeney said...

I'm 53 years old and I have lived for all kinds of people and things during my life...adding God in as almost an after thought. Truth is, I wasn't really giving God anything.

Everything changed when circumstances made it so God was all I had. In the morning. During the day. Especially at night. Through reaching for Him at every point of my day I learned that He was all I needed.

He did something to my perspective,too when I wasn't looking...and then added some really wonderful blessings back into my life. Now my eyes and heart know that He is IT. The only. Thing. Worth. Living. For. He IS our life.

My encouragement to all my sisters here is to seek Him now with all your heart, not the leftovers. There is NOTHING in this world worth your time, attention or money that can compare.

From someone who's lived on both sides,
Cheryl

Katie said...

My hearts desire also but I'm sickend by my lack of obedience to Follow in good times, bad times and stressfull times. Satan likes to keep my busy or lazy. I hate that I suffer from it..I want to be more and live each moment for HIm...

Rachel @ Future Pastor's Wife said...

Amen! Very convicting and inspiring post! :)

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Amen! This is my heart's desire. I am saddened by the times, though, that I don't make it my priority. Lord, I give You my all. All that I am and all that I have I give to you. May that be my heart's desire today and everyday.

Thanks for the prodding today, Lauren. I pray you are having a beautiful week!