When I study the bible I will pray and look at different translations to try and comprehend what it says beyond my own understanding trying not to lean on the experiences that life has taught me (the world). When I was reading this devotion, and then rereading it, I was saying to myself; yea I have a problem of thinking that I can handle everything myself. Honestly I try to take care of it at times; sometimes it will work resulting with a short term fix, but when I truly want it fixed in the end I “attempt” to give it to God. As I was reading I am convincing myself that I do a pretty good job in the end of giving it to Him. So first I read NIV, ESV, NKJV, AMP and I get to the Message and it hits me like a brick. “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.” Romans 12:1-2 Message I have in some aspects embraced the “culture” of being disgusted with everything that is currently happening in the world, the intolerance, lack of respect, politics; I could go on and on. I have become comfortable to fit into some facets of it “without even thinking”, because after all that is the right thing to do. Watching the news and observing the lack of values, what is now considered to be acceptable has put this cultural stumbling block in my way. Hanging onto these issues make a very unpleasant way of looking at things! WOW IS THIS NEGAITIVITY WHAT I AM PLACING BEFORE GOD AS AN OFFERING? IS THIS THE BEST I CAN DO FOR HIM? DO I THINK I AM SMART ENOUGH THAT I CAN TELL GOD WHAT TO DO?
Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me for thinking that my actions control the outcome of what You have already set into motion. Lord I will do better to present a more appropriate offering to You, giving everything to you, constantly yearning to always do my best for You. In Jesus Name Amen.