Romans 12:1 "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."
This has been one of my favorite verses for a number of decades now. It reminds me that worship begins with a heart surrendered to our Lord. It is interesting that Paul doesn’t make an appeal based on doctrine but on mercy. When we consider the depths of His mercy and the richness of His love, surrender comes easily, and is the way to enter into worship. We talk much about worship and worshipping the Lord but I wonder if there is genuine worship without surrender?
In the book, "Experiencing The Depths of Jesus Christ," Jeanne Guyon asks, "What danger is there in giving yourself up completely to the Lord Jesus and fixing all your attention continually on Him? Can any harm come from placing all your confidence in His grace and in loving Him purely and with all the love and passion your heart is capable of pouring out?"
Please meditate on these questions in light of Romans 12:1. When we are overwhelmed by His mercy and grace we are liberated from self-absorbed lives that leave us empty and unsatisfied. Will you surrender your life to Him and be free? Will you fix your attention on Him and experience the fullness of His life right now? When we are overwhelmed by His love we will naturally release His love to a hurting world.
There is true freedom when we surrender to Him. In His care I no longer have any need to defend myself nor secure my reputation. I’m free to be misunderstood and free to love those I don’t understand. Paul appeals to us to consider His mercies and surrender our lives. That is really the only safe place for us.