21 October 2013

every bit of me

my breath, my thoughts
my going out and my coming in
my ordinary
for His extraordinary
to be clay in His hands
shaped as He wills
however peculiar that may appear
to the world
He sees the diamond
in the coal black lump
the perfection in my mess
the mosaic of brokenness
safe in His hands
this is my desire
this is my surrender

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: 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. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2 The Message

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:1-2 NIV

Day 21 of 31 Days of Surrender



Rick Dawson said...

I like both versions, but the Message puts Paul into our culture in an unavoidable way - plain language, no highbrow, no false emphasis on certain verses because a king said to do so - words we use, and can understand without need of another to explain them. Good stuff here, Karin! Thanks!

Lisa notes... said...

I love how The Message interprets Rom 12. My "everyday, ordinary life" is the one that God wants me to offer him. So thankful!