Worship: Offering Yourself to God
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – Yesterday afternoon I watched Evan sand chemistry tables in a local high school. He and about 40 other high school kids were doing a work project during our “U-Turn Weekend”. A weekend that helps the kids focus on their relationship with God. For many it is a time of recharging their spiritual battery. For four teenagers it will end up being the most important weekend of their lives as they realized the need they had for a Saviour.
The tables they worked on had been abused over the years, scratched up and marked with graffiti. They weren’t very pretty when the kids started. The hard working kids sanded tables and then painting them with black oil based paint for over two hours. I am proud of the way they did their best, for a school that for most, was not their own. In fact for many of the students, it is a rival high school. The principal stood by smiling and talking with us as the kids worked hard to get 100 tables sanded and painted in two hours.
I was so proud to see them finish the work in which they had been tasked. A job they had not signed up for when the weekend started. A work I am confident they would much rather have replaced with something fun and outdoors on the much needed warm and sunny Saturday in February. But instead we had a compliant bunch of teenagers working hard indoors with some smelly paint as the sun peeked through the windows.
When they finished the principal thanked us profusely and even asked if he could take a picture of group. They grouped together in the school’s two story entrance and he snapped pictures from the second floor balcony. As we walked out, he again gave us a warm smile and thanked us for the good job.
I wonder when God gives me a chore to do, if I am that compliant? I wonder if I do as good a job with something so mundane, as they did? I wonder if I would do it with as happy heart as they did? I wonder IF I bothered to finish it, if He would smile and say good job?
In many ways those four teenagers this weekend were like those tables. They started off the weekend being scratched up and dirty from life happening. But when they turned their heart over to Christ, He made them new creations…and with that, like the tables, they had new beginnings….
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. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 ESV)