I generally go to the Saturday night evening service at our church rather than on Sunday as it frees up space for visitors who are more likely to attend a Sunday service rather than a Saturday service. This evening, while at church, we sang the song Glory To God Forever by Steve Fee.
When we sing that song, we are telling God to take our life and make it a blazing offering of praise. It's a great song but do we really mean it or is it just empty words?
How many times have we simply given God lip-service? I think if we are all honest, we will admit that we have been guilty of doing that at one time or another but does that make it right? How long are we going to make excuses for ourselves and mutter, "Well, no one is perfect..."? Are we using that as an excuse to not do what we know we should do?
What would happen if we would lay all of the excuses aside and we would simply climb up on the altar of sacrifice and say, "Here I am, God. Take my life, ALL of it and do whatever you want with me... do whatever you choose."? Do we dare to take all of our dreams, our family and even our very lives and lay them at His feet? What if in doing so our earthly dreams are shattered, our family is scattered and we are physically broken? Would you still sing, "Glory to God forever"?
Did I hear someone say God wouldn't ever allow His children to experience hardship and suffering? Oh? Are you sure about that? As I flip through my Bible, over and over again I read accounts of God's people encountering suffering. I see it in the Old Testament and I see it in the New Testament. The same is true today.
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 1 Peter 4:12-14 (NKJV)
May we all truly glorify God as living sacrifices burning bright for Him.