In Romans 12:1, Apostle Paul admonished the Church by saying, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” In other words, Paul said that for us to be able to do anything for God, to work in any capacity on His behalf and for His glory and have a positive impact on others, our bodies must be offered to God as belonging to Him, and our lives prepared to serve Him. Why? Because that’s the only way God will accept service from us.
If God awakened you in the middle of the night and said, “I’m about to send you on a mission that only you can accomplish for My glory,” would you be prepared? I would hope that your love for God and your desire to please Him is so great that you would be as quick to respond to Him as the prophet Isaiah was when the Lord asked, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah quickly responded, “Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8).
In Luke 9:62, the Bible says: “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” But read how that scripture is translated in The Message. It says, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can't put God's kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day." If you’re serious about your relationship and fellowship with God, and you desire to see others know and love Him as you do, then I’m sure you know how important it is that we, as members of His Body, obey that instruction. I’m also sure that you won’t be found guilty of procrastination when it comes to doing your part by diligently sharing God’s Word with others.
As king over Israel, David had enemies all around him. But David had such a love for and trust in the Lord, he didn’t allow the threats of his enemies bother him. We know that from his words in Psalm 138:7, New Living Translation. He said, “Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me.” And in Psalm 119:116, he said, “LORD, sustain me as you promised, that I may live! Do not let my hope be crushed.” David knew as long as he could count on God for provision, support and protection, he had nothing to worry about. He trusted God to sustain him in the midst of whatever troubles he faced.
That may seem like a strange question. But when you consider all the negative events and news we’ve faced in recent months and years—both individually and as a nation—it really is something to think about. I say that because it’s so easy to allow negative things to invade our hearts and minds—our spirits. When that happens, we tend to listen more to what the world is saying—all the negative things—and ignore the positive, productive things God is saying to us through His Word and His messengers. We let what the world is saying and doing dictate how we live our lives.
Ever had this experience? Your day was all planned out—including beginning it by spending time with the Lord. Then, the unexpected happens. First you oversleep, leaving little or no time for Bible reading. Then, you turn on the TV to check the weather and a news report catches your attention. Or maybe your child just doesn’t want to cooperate in the morning, and now you’re going to be late getting to work. Your intentions were good when you started out your day, but nevertheless you’ve accomplished nothing. Most importantly, you’ve allowed distractions to keep you from spending time in prayer and reading God’s Word.