Romans 12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
God requires us to give ourselves to Him. Submit our bodies in obedience to Him, submit our minds, submit our hearts. You can’t ask anyone to make something for you until you give them the materials.God cannot use us and change us until we give ourselves to Him. That does not mean accepting Him by word of mouth only, but accepting Him in our actions and hearts.That we choose to obey Him, that we choose to think about life and people the way He thinks. That we choose do His will.
The more we give Him ourselves, the more He can use what we give Him. When you go to a tailor and ask them to sow you a skirt, you buy the material that is sufficient to sow a skirt, however if you would like to sow a top then you have to give Him more.
God requires us to submit, which means let go, surrender, lay down your plans, your dreams, your actions and Let Him give Him yours. It means not choosing however i want to live, but i choose to live how He tells me to Live.
Thats why the bible says don’t copy the behavior of this world. It means don’t choose the way the world chooses. Choose God’s way. Don’t submit to the worlds ways, or your own ways. Choose God’s ways. His way is life.
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
And His way is not copying anyone but Knowing His ways through His word for your self. Somebody is not your role model, God and His word should be our role model. Because people will fail, people can change, and using them as your role model will disappoint you. Jesus is our role model, He lived on earth so we can know how to live. God never fails, and He puts His word above Himself.
Psalm 138:2 (NKJV) “I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for you have magnified Your word above all Your name.”
As the song goes “I surrender all to you, everything I give to you, with holding nothing. I give myself away so you can use me. ”
I remember crying so much at my Granmother’s funeral. And even though I know we will all leave this earth oneday, I was so sad I just didnt want it to sink in she was gone. I just didnt want her to leave, So i kept sobbing and asked my mum why my Granmaa couldn’t stay just to spend more time with us. And my mum replied “You loved her but God Loves her more. She is not yours She belongs to God.
We don’t have to be afraid to submit, because we belong to Him.
My life is not my own, To You Lord I belong.
God Loves You