Topic: Give God Everything [October 30, 2016]
For those whom He foreknew . . . He also destined from the beginning . . . to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness]. - Romans 8:29
If we really are serious about loving God, we must ask ourselves if there are any areas of our lives in which we are holding out on Him. What are the things about which we say, "Well, God, You can have everything but that," or "Lord, just don't ask me to quit doing that"?
God doesn't want to take everything we enjoy away from us, but everything must be available to Him. He makes the choices about what is really good for us and what is not; our job is to trust Him completely.
According to today's Scripture, one of God's primary goals in our lives is to make us like Jesus. This means that He wants us to continue to become more like Jesus in our thoughts, in our words, and in our actions.
God has given us a free will, and the only way we will ever belong to Him is to make deliberate decisions to give ourselves freely to Him. He will never force us to love Him or serve Him. He will lead us and prompt us, but He will always leave the decision to surrender up to us. If God has been dealing with you about anything, I encourage you not to put off surrendering it any longer. In your thoughts you may intend to surrender at some later time, but remember that good intentions do not equal obedience—and obedience is not only what God requires, it's also what proves our love for Him.
Love God Today: Go ahead and do it: Give God everything.