Thursday, September 24, 2009

Unreservedly Give Yourself to God

Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.
Romans 12:1 (HCSB)

In Eastern philosophical tradition there is a concept of transcendence.  The ultimate goal of Mindfulness is to achieve a state in which the material suffering is transcended into immaterial bliss.  This actually may be an oversimplification of the concept, but it gives the general idea.  This concept is contrasted in the Christian Tradition by the idea of surrendering your self (soul, flesh) to God, His Son (Jesus), His Spirit, and His will.  In the eastern tradition self is lost into a cosmic fullness.  In the Christian Tradition self is surrendered, put to death, and then given back in a glorified purified form.  This is seen  symbolically in Baptism which represents the death of self, burial, and resurrection of the new self.  

How do you unreservedly give yourself to God?  That is a question that God has been working on in my own life.  I am hoping that in the next post (or more we will see where the Lord leads) that I can delve into that question with greater depth and insight.  One of the reasons I have been so long in posting is that I have been struggling to put words to this idea.  I understand the experience that God is putting me through and that it is for my good (glory to God), but I have not the words to explain or share it with others.  Perhaps you all could pray that God give me discernment and wisdom as I tackle this difficult subject. 

God bless you all.