Today’s Text: Romans 5:13 “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness”
Humans have always exercised the need to be in control. We think we can always decide on when something is good for something and when it is not. Many will devote themselves to the greater good by volunteering their time and even giving up their lives to helping others, and yet they will also be ever so willing to give up their body to the devil for use in sexual perversion. Yes, they do some good deeds, but they still also want a taste of the sinful life.
God does not want PARTIAL or OCCASIONAL submission, but rather He seeks TOTAL submission from us; a life where our lips, thoughts, hands, eyes, time, money, career and EVERYTHING are surrendered to Him.
Be not deceived, for any service that is not in full, is of no use to God, because He loathes the idea of one leg in, one leg out (“because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth” Revelation 3:16).
Many, because of their negligence will lose out on the reward for serving God and will end up gnashing their teeth on that great and dreadful judgement day, not because they did not give any part of their lives to God, but rather because they also gave some parts of their lives to sin and the world (“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” Matthew 7:22-23).
If it is your desire to serve God, please do it wholeheartedly, because there is no reward for partial submission. Regarding the Kingdom of God, there is no such thing as in-between, you are either completely in or completely out. (“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,” Joshua 24:15).