” Offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life.” Romans 6:13
How gloriously beautiful is the season of Thanksgiving!
Fall ushers in the diverse myriad of color– stirring the senses, moving the heart.
Beauty causes change, every time.
Deepest crimsons, burnished golds, weathered browns, coppered oranges declare death and life simultaneously.
Death must come to the trees’ foliage but life comes as the leaves fall and are absorbed into the soil as mulch for another season.
What a picture of our lives.! There will always be cycles of becoming, losing and then becoming again.
We are not static in life.
The autumn leaves reveal a truth to us.
There is beauty in dying for the promise and nurture to come
The saints of old were not afraid to use the word surrender.
They understood ” death to self” and so must we.
We are to present our lives as a offering to God each day.
It ‘s been a long time since I have thought about this word but here it is: CONSECRATE!
Webster’s says, to consecrate means ” to declare, to set apart as sacred.”
So many times we use up our lives on the run, solo, or in ceaseless activities which consumed us … thinking that we are at least “doing something for God.”
We run out of gas, time, love, energy and hope.
We run in fear not focus.
We forget that we need to “die every day to ourselves” and deliberately take up the life God Almighty has for us– in CHRIST JESUS.
In dying we live!
What a thought.
It is God’s way of making us see that we are to be an offering,set apart for His purposes.
And… such devotion brings beauty to our souls, oxygen to our faith and holiness to our journey.
The old hymn says it best:
Just as I am, Thy love unknown,
Has broken every barrier down,
Now to be Thine, yea Thine ALONE,
O Lamb of God I come.
“Father, we come and lay down our lives before YOU as an offering.
Show us how to live through change.
Cause us to see the beauty in dying to self and the faith in surrender.
We long for a vibrant, God breathed, life and it is only possible in consecration.
We are to be a holy people and only YOU can make that happen.
Thank YOU for the surrender in Jesus’ shed blood on the Cross for our sin, our dreams of significance, our future.
We bow down in thanksgiving for this incredible life YOU have given to us!
Bless my brothers and sister as they pursue it with vigor and in awe.
It because of the Love of JESUS that in His Holy Name I can pray.
Have a blessed Autumn in Him,