I love what the Apostle Paul wrote about being living sacrifices (Romans 12:1), because it came from a heart that passionately loved the Lord. He knew from his own experience that there’s no way we can have the fullness of God’s presence without first surrendering ourselves to Him. And Paul had learned that we must give our WHOLE selves.
A tall order, and one that usually happens over time. But even as we give our first offerings, God shows us glimpses of the amazing life we’re heading into. Prayer and Scripture reading – all of our worship – take on deeper meaning, and start to pull us into closer connection to our Abba Father.
“I must first have the sense of God’s possession of me before I can have the sense of His presence with me.”
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”