“Giving It All”
Romans 12:1 NLT
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.
We often have the tendency to give the very minimum effort in different areas of our lives. There are areas we find ourselves giving the just the bare minimum so that we can just get it over with and get on with what we really want to do. Some of us have done this in school with assignments, projects and tests. Perhaps we struggled through these and we just did what we had to do in order to get a passing grade.
Maybe we have done this in past jobs we’ve had. We go to work and just do what it takes to get a paycheck. Sometimes we don’t feel like going above and beyond to really make a difference in the work we have done.
In the situations in which we have just done enough to get by and move on, we should stop and think about what life could have been like and what the results could have been if we had put in more effort and gone above and beyond.
We could all find different times and situations in which we’ve just done enough to get by for various reasons. Sometimes we just don’t feel like giving more or giving our all because we’re focused on something else we really want to do. We have all been there and done that in some way or ways. We’re all guilty of it!
I cringe at the fact that so many of us have done this and are often still doing it in our relationship with God. We don’t want to give our all because it can become inconvenient. I definitely struggle with this often! We don’t want to put the work in anymore than we have to. We want to be held back from other things we’d rather do in life. However, giving it all is exactly what God calls us to do.
Paul is very blunt in saying that we should be giving it all every day with everything we have. This is really the way to worship, when we’re truly giving life our all! When we surrender it all and allow God control over everything and not holding anything back. It’s real and it can get very messy. However, it is all worth it because of how God can and will use us in the Kingdom to do amazing things.
Are we really giving it all?