Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12: 1-2 NIV).
This scripture has been a favorite because it’s a reminder that the one thing God wants from me is whole-hearted, completely surrendered worship. These words also remind me that I’m forgiven, and though I’ve never deserved God’s mercy, it’s extended it to me freely. Knowing this makes me aware of God’s compassion and keeps me focused on my gratitude for His mercy and the ability to be transformed by renewing my mind.
God’s grace also increases my understanding and opens my heart to receive His presence in my life. Proverbs 18:16 tells us that a gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great (NIV). This verse helps me see the need to live my life surrendered to God. That way, God becomes first in my life when I seek Him and step out in faith. He guides and directs me, so I take a step in the direction I felt Him leading each day. I recognize and trust the voice of the Holy Spirit. I listen for the subtle prompting of the Holy Spirit and align my thoughts and actions, knowing that the Spirit of God can do more than I could ever comprehend.
When I’m surrendered, obedient, and unselfish, the power of the Spirit operates. Honestly, it’s unnerving to relinquish control. But not being responsible for the outcome liberates me. I can live in the moment without worrying, planning, or striving. A keen awareness of God’s presence ignites my faith to continue along His chosen path for me. There’s reassurance knowing He goes before me, clearing the way. He gives me the wisdom to recognize the right direction. I often stumble and fall because that’s how life can be—rocky, uncertain, and challenging. Yet, I don’t ever stay down over troubles along the way because I cling to God’s hand, knowing He remains by my side.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your loving care and provision on this journey. I give you the praise and glory for offering to direct my path daily and securing my eternal fate in heaven with you. I’m forever grateful. Amen.
Your Turn: Below, I've shared scriptures that inspired me to write this devotion. In what ways do they inspire you? What promise in scripture or verse anchors your faith and encourages you to surrender to God, even in times of chaos? Please share!
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged" (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV).
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13 NIV).