It seems that I am working in 3’s when it comes to posting weekly verses. I have been rather busy.
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.
And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may prove what the will of God is,
that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Making the decision to serve the Lord is a whole-hearted action. It can’t be a part-time thing. Neither can it be only part of the body, such as the hands serve God but not the mind. The marvelously, wonderful thing about being a sacrifice for God is that it is not death, but life. Presenting yourself to God to be used by Him opens for yourself, because He is a loving God, so many blessings. When you serve God with all your heart, you do prove that His will “is good and acceptable and perfect.” That does not mean pain-free and no sorrow, but “good and acceptable and perfect.”
But Jesus called for them, saying,
“Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
This particular week put me in close contact with some of our school children because six of them were staying with us for a few days. What a blessing it would be if they and others would come to Christ for salvation.
But seeing the wind, he became frightened,
and beginning to sink, he [Peter] cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him,
and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
A bruised reed He will not break
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
He will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not be disheartened or crushed . . .
How wonderful to know that as a Christian I can stretch out my hand, in a manner of speaking, and Jesus is right there to help. He is ready to help, not to put down and mash. He is willing to nurture a weak faith, an insecure person; so that person may become a strong “tree planted by rivers of waters” (Psalm 1:3). He will not extinguish a small light just because it is not a big one. He will help that faith to grow; He will help that testimony to strengthen and be more clearly Christ-like. He can do this because “He will not be disheartened or crushed.”