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September 2015 Article: ” Reasonable Service”

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)

Reasonable service requires both reason and service from the individual. When deep and deliberate thought is combined with purposeful action, the result is an impact made upon the world around you.

You are used by God in a mighty way because you have allowed Him to make you useful for the work that He created. Many attempt to serve without reason, and some are too preoccupied with reason to be of any service. But His reason positions you for every part of your being to be fully engaged in what you were born to do. God does not require you to figure out what your purpose is in life because your “figuring” will most likely lead to a path of endless confusion. The grandest ideas that come to mind cannot compare to the empowerment that He affords those who are willing to fully submit to Him. To present your body to God is to say to Him that you are not your own, but the purchased price of your redemption warrants complete dedication to His cause. Even before we begin, God has taken all factors into account. Everything that has ever happened in life, including your personal history, everything that is happening, and everything that will happen, is equated before your assignment is given. You are then postured to fit perfectly into the scheme of things for maximum performance!

It is when you try to take control of your own life and independently manage it that you get in trouble. It may sound logical and seem good, but that line of reasoning eventually begins to fall apart and ultimately degenerates into a state of insensibility. Although you are free to choose your path, you are not free to determine the outcome of the choice that you make. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12) Faith in God is an admission, that there is more that you do not know, than what you currently know. However, if you fully trust Him, you are able to rest with confidence in the One who knows all things. The smaller you are before God, the larger He becomes to you. When you are willing to confess your ignorance and weakness, He manifests His wisdom and strength in spite of our weaknesses. It is pride that causes one to project a false image of knowledge, which creates a false reality and an unknown identity. The body is misused and devalued to what someone else may have thought of you rather than what God knows of you. Pleasure seeking is merely temporary relief when purpose has been abandoned. Today, more people are committing suicide than at any other time in recent history. Even those who have not gone as far as taking their own lives have succumbed to emotional suicide where important things no longer matter.

It is reasonable and sensible to submit your entire body to God. Science is the mere discovery of what He permits a people to know at a particular interval in life. Be careful not to allow these little glimpses of reality combined with theoretical hypotheses to determine your destiny. What you see now is not sufficient enough to carry your reasoning to an absolute conclusion. However, the fool continues to say in his heart that there is no God because he is able to glimpse into a fraction of knowledge. His ego inflates his logic to believe that he can be an authority on the subject. Unfortunately, that person is not able to see how all things work together either for his good or for his destruction. God’s desire is for all things to work together for your good, but it is only possible if you give all to Him and recognize His intentions for your life.

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Woodrow Walker, II
Woodrow Walker, II
Pastor Woodrow Walker, II is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Cross Culture Church in Lithonia, Georgia Ordained in 1963, Pastor Walker served in ministry in the St. Louis, Missouri area before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia in 1978. In 1980, under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Walker founded Abundant Life Church (now Cross Culture Church) with a global vision of bridging the gap, changing mindsets and transforming cultures to the standard of Christ.

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