How to Experience God Being in Control of Your Life? ~ blog
Yesterday I wrote about what I believe is the first and foremost step we need to take on a daily basis as we not only work through our recovery but also to be growing in the Christian life. Here is the passage which commands us to do this.
“Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
Notice he begins with the word “Therefore.” This indicates that what follows is a conclusion or a result of what he has been teaching in the book of Romans. It tells us that what follows is important because he is moving from the theological to the practical. So, he is saying; “Based on what we know here is what we need to do.”
He qualifies this by telling his readers that he is “urging” us to do this. Because of the mercies of God in providing a Savior and sacrifice for our sins and because we are in Christ by His grace and love here is the action that should be taken. We are to present our bodies as a living and holy sacrifice.
If you have raised teenagers, you probably have had to do this. You are telling them something important, but they are standing there, slouching and rolling their eyes, so you put your hands on their shoulders. This gets their attention, so they look at you eye to eye, and you say; “Listen up because this is really important.”
That is what Paul is doing to us by saying “Therefore, I urge you!!!” Now the verb “to present” is not a present active indicative meaning it is something we are to be continuing to do. But it is the aorist tense indicating this is something we need to do once a for all.
The reason I stress doing this daily is to be reminding yourself of who you belong to. Who is the Master of your life? Who is your Lord? Because I know from my own life that this is something I need to do daily to remind myself whose life my life really is. Is this life my life?
Well, in a sense it is and in another sense, it is not. Confusing right???
So, let me describe it this way. When I was in control of my life…when I was doing what I wanted to do I crashed and burned in a horrible way. My best efforts to live my life ended up in a massive train wreck. Satan had a plan to destroy me and my family, so he just encouraged me to be in control and take matters into my own hands. “Go ahead, you can fix yourself!” he would whisper and instead of me getting better my addiction grew worse.
Because I had a track record of crashing again and again and again when my sin became known I realized that I needed to give control of my remaining life into His hands because only He could restore my life, marriage, and family. So, I completely and utterly gave Him full control and I want to remind myself of that every day by presenting my body to Him as a living sacrifice every day.
Praying this passage as my prayer to God is to remind me that I need Him to be in control and I am surrendering everything I have and everything I am into His hands as a living sacrifice.
Paul makes this point to the Corinthians specifically in their issue of sexual sin. In Corinth, there was a temple there to the goddess Aphrodite where worship to this goddess involved prostitution included in their worship. So, Paul writes to them;
“Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body.”
Therefore, this body which has been the vessel my life has been living in actually belongs to God. It has been purchased by God through the death of Jesus Christ. He has redeemed me from being dead in my sinful transgressions, paid the price for all my sins, and as a result, He owns my body…and my life.
And because I have learned over the years that if I do not unconditionally surrender this body that is actually His body to Him as a living sacrifice there is a good chance I will be in control and I will crash and burn again.
Lastly, notice this in the verse. No matter what you may think of your body or your life because of your sexual brokenness, God sees your body as a holy sacrifice and in spite of all the sins we have done it is acceptable to Him. And it is holy and acceptable because giving your body, your life, and everything you will face on this day is asking Him to be in control.
So, imagine that your body, your life is a car. You don’t take a new car to the garage for repairs because it should be new and everything working perfectly. But these bodies of our and absolute clunkers. They have been driven hard and have been in any number of crashes. You might even be embarrassed or ashamed having your vehicle towed in for service. But that is where your car needs to be to keep it running.
This is why I offer my body to God daily as a living sacrifice because I no longer own this body. God has purchased it and He by His mercies and grace wants to work on this body and help me to live the life He has for me every day. So, make it your daily habit to begin your day and every day offering your body to God as a living sacrifice.
Tomorrow we will move to the 2nd most important part of your recovery.