Romans 12:1 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.
We often pray for God to take control, but it does not happen like that just because you pray about it. God will only take control if we give Him control.
What do you think will happen if you hold onto the reins and refuse to let it go, but at the same time ask God to take control? Is he going to push you to the side and take control? Of course not, like a kind gentleman, he will wait for you to give him control. That is consistent with the instruction given in Romans 12:1, when it says present your body as a living sacrifice. At no point did the scripture say that God would come and take our body as a living sacrifice, it used the word “present” Indicating that the responsibility lies with us to give him total control. Making this distinction is important as you would not want to wait your life for God to do something that you should be doing.
Moses was known for following God’s instructions to the letter; that was his way of giving God control. God gave the directives, he responded by doing them exactly as God said with no deviation. David was of a similar nature; however, he was famous for never going to battle without asking God for direction. With that approach there can be no question who is in control. The example set by David and Moses indicates that giving God total control involves 2 components: continuously seeking his direction; and, assiduously following his principles and instructions.
It may be the case that you have given God total control in some areas, but what about the others? The struggles that you face in the most problematic areas of your life could be a message to give God total control in those areas as well. How will you choose to respond?
Life Application: Seek God’s direction for every day and be sure to follow his principles and instructions.
Prayer: Lord, I present my body as a living sacrifice for your use. I give you complete control of my life and submit to your leadership and direction. In Jesus name, amen.