"I'M YOURS LORD"
You owe it to the Lord to give yourself to Him. "For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:20) He bought you; therefore, you must render your reasonable service to Him. (Romans 12:1) Commitment to the Lord is both safe and sure. "I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day." (2 Timothy 1:12) You should give the Lord your all, your best!
Let us give the Lord our heart. "My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways." (Proverbs 23:26.) Our heart must be "true" to the Lord. "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10:22) Half-hearted service is never acceptable to God. It is well with my soul when I love God completely. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." (Luke 10:27)
Let us give the Lord our eyes. Our eyes must be opened to what it means to serve God. "I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me." (Acts 26:17-18) Your eye must be good for you to be full of light. "The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness." (Luke 11:34)
Let us give God our ears. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God."' (Revelation 2:7) In the parable of the sower Jesus showed the importance of open ears and honest hearts. The parable said, "But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold. When He had said these things He cried, He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Luke 8:8) The explanation of the parable was, "But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience." (Luke 8:15)
Let us give the Lord our hands. Clean hands and a purified heart characterize children of God. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." (James 4:8) Christian hands must be working hands; sharing hands. "Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need." (Ephesians 4:28)
Let us give the Lord our feet. The expression "beautiful feet" describes gospel preachers. "How shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:15) Also part of the Christian armor is having your feet properly shod. "Having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace." (Ephesians 6:15)
Let us give God our tongue. Lying and evil speaking have no place in the Christian's life. "Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another." (Ephesians 4:25) The Christians tongue must be controlled (James 3:8-10)
Great joy comes to those who totally give themselves to the Lord. Half-hearted service never brings happiness to the person or pleasure to God. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." (Matthew 22:37) To become a Christian hear the word (John 6:44-45), believe in God and in Jesus (Hebrews 11:6), repent of sins (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus as Lord (Acts 8:37) and be baptized into Christ. (Romans 6:3-4) Can you honestly say, "I'm yours Lord?"
By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, 306 Walnut Street, Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA