"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
IN JESUS TODAY!
The famous Evangelist F.B. Meyers said, "A yielded life to God is a life that lives for others." O.K., this is it, we must first be yielded to God, this means that our old man with our old ways are put to death, and the new man wakes each day to live unto God, surrendered and yielded to his call. God's calling is never one that is focused only on our advantage, in other words, it's not about our gain or our advantage, but rather the gain or advantage of others, and his kingdom. Now the question is, Are you living your life for others, or are you trying to find the advantage or gain for you? Are you serving God for you, or are you serving God for God, and for others? Since we no longer belong to ourselves when we come to Jesus, and since we were bought with a price, even the crucifixion of Jesus for our sin, who is it that we belong to? And who is it that should gain from this yielding of ourselves unto God? As we read, "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 1Corinthians 6:20 To whom does our life belong? We belong to God, and therefore it is reasonable for us to present ourselves ready for service, for God, and for others, and not self alone! As we read Romans 12:1 we further see that this is not unreasonable that we should be ready, yielded, and even excited to serve! God doesn't ask from us more than we are able to do if we follow him, it may be more than some others might want us to do, but we don't belong to these others, but rather unto God!
Some do not want to surrender unto God, and some don't want to do for others, but these two are very reasonable expectations, considering that these are commands from our God who loves us so, as we read, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were still yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 Does God have the right to ask that we live for others? Absolutely YES! And this is acceptable unto God!