Sunday, March 6, 2016

I Brought Myself

For weeks the missionaries had been planning a special event for the children in the West Indies. They wanted to teach the children the importance of honoring Jesus. So, each day they reminded the children that there would be this “special day” when they were to bring a gift for Him when they came to Sunday school.
Finally, the moment arrived when the leader said, “Come, children, bring your gift to the altar.” Everyone stood, came forward, presented their gifts and then returned to their seats. One remained standing.
“Why are you standing there?” the leader asked.
“I have nothing to give the Lord except me, so I just stood here and prayed: “All I have is me, Lord. But I’m all Yours if You want me.”
And that’s exactly what He wants most.
Paul begs that we “present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
What an example this small child is to each of us. There she stood while others gave their gifts. But she gave God the most valuable gift – her body. Can we do less?
Prayer: Father, many of us have given all that we have except our bodies. But that is where we should begin. Help us to realize that nothing else is a gift of importance to You other than ourselves, and may we gladly give “me” to You: in Your Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

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