THE GREATEST OFFERING
It was the final night of the annual missionary conference. There were missionaries from many nations gathered to tell of the work of God all around the world. Hearts were deeply touched, and many lives were changed.
The pastor concluded the final service with an offering that was to be shared among the speakers. The plates were filled with money and checks. But on one plate was a note that simply read, “Myself.” Underneath the word “Myself” was the name and phone number of the person who signed it.
The next day the pastor called the young man who signed it and asked, “What do you mean, James?”
“I’m giving myself to become a missionary,” he said. And then he added, “I’m willing to go anywhere and do anything at any cost to serve the Lord.”
James made an important gift to God: his body. Unfortunately, many Christians believe that God is only concerned about our souls. Not so! We need to realize that our bodies belong to God just as much as our souls. When we give Him our souls, He expects our bodies as well.
The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and is the only instrument through which the Holy Spirit works. So, Paul says, “Take your body and think of all that it does each day – the skills and the abilities it performs, and with training, can perform – and offer your body and its potential – to God. And when you do, follow Him where He leads You.”
Prayer: May we realize, Father, that You expect us to give our bodies to You just as Your only Son did. May we not limit what You can do because we fail to give our bodies. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: And so, dear brothers and sisters, 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. Romans 12:1