Just a few quick thoughts this morning on something that has being weighing on my heart lately.
A multitude of people had gathered. Peter had preached a powerful sermon and, when they heard his words, they were “cut to the heart” and asked how they should respond.
Peter answered them with “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and then be prepared to give some of your life to God.” (Acts 2:38, ESV)
As everyone knows, that is not how that verse goes. Unfortunately, though, that is exactly what many of us do.
Coming to God through faith in Jesus Christ means we transfer ownership of our lives to God. We make Him the Boss, the Lord, of our lives. We trade our old self-worshiping hearts for the perfection of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Romans 12:1 gives a visual description of what takes place: “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice.” Picture an altar dedicated to the only true God. Then imagine crawling onto it, lying down, and saying, “Here I am, God. I’m a sinner, but you love me anyway. Thank you for dying for me and rising from the dead so my sin could be forgiven. Cleanse me, forgive me, and make me your child. Take me. All of me. I want to live for you from now on.”
Is there something from your former life you are holding on to this morning?
If so, give it to God right now. All of it.