I think … a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living.
How is this to be done?
By a general cheerfulness of manner, by an obedience to the command of Him by whose mercy we live, by a perpetual, constant delighting of ourselves in the Lord, and by a submission of our desires to His will.
-Charles Spurgeon, 1834-1892
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Bought me with his precious blood.
-Robert Robinson, 1735-1790
You were created on purpose to promote His glory and execute His will.
Nay more, you were created on purpose to be His servants, His friends, His members; you were created that He might redeem you by His blood, sanctify you by His grace, dwell in you by His spirit, form in you His image, raise you to heaven by His power, and show forth the unsearchable riches of His glory in you as vessels of mercy, through eternity.
You were created that at the last day, Christ, your exalted Redeemer and Lord may be glorified in you as His work, and admired, as He will be, in all them that believe.
You were created, that like so many planets, you may revolve around Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, drink in light, and love, and glory, from his beams, and reflect those beams to the admiring eyes of fellow saints and angels forever and ever. … Ought you not always to remember that you are not your own, that you are bought with a price, that you are bound by every tie to glorify Christ in your bodies and in your spirits which are His?
-Edward Payson, 1783-1827
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All things were created through Him and for Him.
Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace.
-Amy Carmichael from Lotus Buds
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.
-A. W. Tozer from the preface of The Pursuit of God
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, declares the Lord.”
–Jeremiah 9:23 & 24
I was encouraged and challenged by this two-and-a-half-minute peek into the heart of missionary Helen Roseveare. She’s a dear saint who has never gotten over God’s rescue of her soul.
To be a living sacrifice will involve all my time. God wants me to live every minute for Him in accordance with His will and purpose, sixty minutes of every hour, twenty-four hours of every day, being available to Him. No time can be considered as my own, or as “off-duty” or “free.”
I cannot barter with God about how much time I can give to serve Him. Whatever I am doing, be it a routine salaried job, or housework at home, be it holiday time and free, or after-work Christian youth activities, all should be undertaken for Him, to reveal His indwelling presence to those around me.
-That’s the resolve of Dr. Helen Roseveare as expressed in Living Sacrifice: Willing to Be Whittled as an Arrow. She was a missionary to the Congo from 1953 to 1973.
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.
–Romans 12: 1