Romans, chapter 12, is a map for successful living. We learn right away, as we start the chapter, that there is one proper attitude to handle the gift of our personal lives. Here is the opening statement: (verse 1) "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." It struck me that our relationship, in practice, with God might be addressed this way: We ought to give back to God the life he first gave to us. This only makes sense. We had nothing to do with having life and we don't begin to understand how we came to be or what the nature of life is. When we come back to God and lay our lives before him, the author of our lives, we find the starting point for our personal direction. No wonder Paul says "This is truly the way to worship him"!
food for spiritual thought...